Joe Hisaishi

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Date of Birth December 6, 1950
Place of Birth Nakano, Japan
Age 69 years old
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Joe Hisaishi

Mamoru Fujisawa, known professionally as Joe Hisaishi, is a Japanese composer and musical director known for over 100 film scores and solo albums dating back to 1981. Hisaishi is also known for his piano scores. While possessing a stylistically distinct sound, Hisaishi's music has been known to explore and incorporate different genres, including minimalist, experimental electronic, European classical, and Japanese classical. Lesser known are the other musical roles he plays; he is also a typesetter, author, arranger, and conductor. He has been associated with animator Hayao Miyazaki since 1984, having composed scores for all but one of his films. He is also recognized for the soundtracks he has provided for filmmaker 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, including A Scene at the Sea, Sonatine, Kids Return, Hana-bi, Kikujiro, and Dolls, as well for the video game series Ni no Kuni. He was a student of legendary anime composer Takeo Watanabe.

Native name: 久石 譲
Birth name: Mamoru Fujisawa
Born: December 6, 1950, Nakano, Nagano, Japan
Genres: Film score, classical, romanticism
Occupation(s): Composer, conductor, arranger
Instruments: Piano, keyboards, violin
Years active: 1974–present
Website: Joe Hisaishi's Official site
Facebook: Joe Hisaishi's Facebook profile
IMDb: Joe Hisaishi's IMDb

About Joe Hisaishi

Japanese composer who created scores for the 1997 animated film "Princess Monoke" and the 2001 animated film "Spirited Away." He became known for combining European classical styles with Japanese classical music in scores for animated films such as Castle in the Sky, which won the Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1986.

Before Fame

He discovered music early on and received his first violin lesson at age five. He was also a skilled typesetter, author, arranger, and conductor. He studied with Takeo Watanabe, the revered anime composer.


His most fruitful collaboration was with animator Hayao Miyazaki with whom he worked on 'Kiki's Delivery Service' from 1989, 'Porco Rosso' from 1992,' and 'The Wind Rises' from 2013.

Family Life

He married his girlfriend Ayame Fujisawa and he has a daughter named Mai.


He wrote the soundtrack for "Ponyo" from 2008, which starred Cate Blanchett.

Information related to Joe Hisaishi

  • Studio Ghibli people
  • Musicians from Nagano Prefecture
  • Toei Animation
  • 21st-century Japanese musicians
  • Japanese film score composers
  • Japanese male classical composers
  • Anime composers
  • Japanese classical composers
  • Music directors
  • Recipients of the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • Annie Award winners
  • Video game composers
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Latest information about Joe Hisaishi updated on October 20, 2020.

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