Toshio Hosokawa was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1955. Following initial studies in piano and composition in Tokyo, he went to Berlin in 1976 to study composition with Isang Yun at the Hochschule der Künste. He continued his studies with Klaus Huber at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg from 1983 to 1986. He has won may awards and commissions including the Irino Prize for Young Composers, first prize in the composition competition for the 100th anniversary of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (both in 1982), the Arion Music Prize (1984), the Composition Prize of the Young Generation in Europe (1985), the Kyoto Music Prize (1988) and the Rheingau Music Prize and the Duisburger Music Prize in 1998.
He was appointed as permanent guest Professor at the Tokyo College of Music in 2004 and since 1998 he has been Composer in Residence at the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
Woven Dreams is an orchestral piece commissioned by the Roche Foundation and had its UK premiere on the 2 February 2013 at the Barbican Hall, London. It was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and was conducted by Kazushi Ono.