Joe Hisaishi Biography

Joe Hisaishi

Joe Hisaishi (1950-) is best known for composing the music for the films of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazki, including Princess Mononoke, Spirited Awayand Ponyo.

  • Joe Hisaishi was born on December 6th 1950 in Nagano, Japan.
  • He began violin lessons aged five and went on to study composition at the Kunitachi College of Music.
  • Hisaishi's first major success came in 1974 when he composed the music for an animated film called Gyatoruzu.
  • Throughout his career, Hisaishi has also recorded many instrumental albums of new-age and prog rock music.
  • Hisaishi became good friends with director Hayao Miyazaki in the 1980s and was asked to compose music for many of his Studo Ghibli animated films.
  • Successes with Studio Ghibli film scores included Laputa: Castle In The Sky (1986), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001).


Spirited Away OST Joe Hisaishi: Spirited Away

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