Most celebrated for his alternating touching and dynamic orchestral film scoring, Joe Hisaishi is a prolific Japanese composer of classical works, film scores, and experimental electronic and animation music who is best known for his beloved collaborations with Studio Ghibli animation director Hayao Miyazaki on classics films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. Born Mamoru Fujisawa in Nakano, Japan, Hisaishi began studying the violin at age five and went on to major in music composition at the Kunitachi College of Music. He released his first album in 1981. Titled Mkwaju, it was written for percussion ensemble with keyboard and computer programming. That was followed in 1982 by Information, credited to Hisaishi and his oft-used pseudonym for collaborators, ...
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