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Naoya Wada was born in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan in 1986. As an internationally recognized composer, he has been commissioned numerous times to write for band, ensembles, and radio programs, and often works as a guest conductor and clinician. He is one of the few Japanese composers making significant contributions to educational band music.
His works for concert band, string orchestra, and small ensembles have been performed, published, and recorded worldwide by groups ranging from elementary to the professional level. He has received several Bandworld Top 100 recognitions and several J.W.Pepper Editor's Choice citations.
In 2009, he received the 42nd Kitakyushu Cultural Award for meritorious deeds.
和田 直也(わだ なおや)

作品はアメリカ、カナダ、ヨーロッパ、及び日本で多数出版・録音され、特にヨーロッパではコンテスト課題曲として数多く採用されているほか、アメリカにおいても世界最大の音楽流通会社 J.W. Pepperが選ぶ優秀作品であるEditors' Choiceや、Bandworld Top 100に度々選出される等、高い評価を得ている。