Yoshihiro Kanno, graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts with the Master's Degree.
He has won several prestigious awards including 1979 Prince Pierre of Monaco Musical Composition Award and 2012 Award for the Tradition Creatrice by Japan Arts Foundation.
The ballet "Mandala" was performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1988 and toured New York and Washington, D.C. in 1991.
In 2007, "Earth Stream" for percussion and piano 4-hands was premiered by Evelyn Glennie, Noriko Ogawa and Philip Smith.
The most recent highlight is "Himiko" an epic theatrical work embracing both Western and Japanese instruments and dancers. "Himiko" was premiered in 2015 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and was
performed at Espranade in Singapore in May 2016.