Composer Biography

Itaru Sakai was born in Osaka, Japan, on March 24, 1970. At the age of four he started taking piano lessons. Two years later he wrote his first piece for piano. In his high school band he played flute, and it was while he was still at school that he composed his first work for band, Tanabata, or The Seventh Night of July. In 1990 he entered Osaka College of Music and studied composition under Hideki Chihara and Kunihiko Tanaka. He graduated at the top of his class in 1994 and received his master’s degree from the same college in 1996. In 1997 he was chosen to be a staff composer for the 52nd National Sports Festival in Osaka, Japan.

Biography from De Haske's website.

Works by Composer

Fanfare of Wakakusa Hill
Moonlight and Eddying Current
Light of the Sword
At the Lake
Seaside Road
Legacy of the Woods
The Seventh Night of July