My Name, 名前

My father named me, Toru, after a famous Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) who composed November Steps which features Shakuhachi and Biwa with Orchestra. My father, Kokichi, is really interested in Jazz, and you might think that there is no connection between a classical composer and jazz, but Toru Takemitsu wrote about Jazz theory inContinue reading “My Name, 名前”

Toru Tagawa, Conductor 田川徹、指揮者

Conductor.  Toru is the Music Director and Conductor of the the Tucson Repertory Orchestra since 2011. His conducting teachers include Thomas Cockrell, Charles Bontrager, Jung-Ho Pak, Maurice Peress, Donald Portnoy, Sandra Dackow, Adrian Gnam, and Robert Gutter.    Toru has conducted the Interlochen Repertory Orchestra, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Canyon del Oro HighContinue reading “Toru Tagawa, Conductor 田川徹、指揮者”