Yasushi Akutagawa (1925-1989), Japanese composer and conductor, he studied at the Tokyo Conservatory of Music, he was one of the members of "sannin no kai". He went to Soviet Union and met Shostakovich, Khachaturian and Kabalevsky. His works were influenced by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. As an educator, he devoted himself to train an amateur orchestra. He and The New Symphony Orchestra are the recipient of the 1976 Suntory Music Award.