Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: The Music of Studio Ghibli is an international concert tour celebrating 35 years of musical collaboration between composer, conductor and pianist Joe Hisaishi and film maker Hayao Miyazaki.

The tour has performed in multiple countries thus far, including Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Paris, the United Kingdom and the United States. Hisaishi is accompanied by a local orchestra during each country's performance.

Overview

Acclaimed multiple award-winning composer, conductor and pianist Joe Hisaishi is celebrating 35 years of Japanese animation film Studio Ghibli.

Studio Ghibli, based in Tokyo, Japan is best known for its anime feature films including "Ponyo", "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away". Never seen before in the world this unique concert experience will celebrate the timeless work between composer Joe Hisaishi and director Hayao Miyazaki who have worked together for over thirty years, including feature nine films.

This concert will include montages and music from some of the most popular Studio Ghibli movies and under the leadership of Maestro Hisaishi.

Outside of his work with legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, Hisaishi has released nearly 40 solo albums becoming one of the most important composers of our time. While at Kunitachi College of Music, Joe Hisaishi discovered his passion for the musical movement of Minimalism and began his career as a composer of contemporary music and film scores. His first album, MKWAJU, was released in 1981, with Information being released a year later. After that, with albums including Piano Stories, My Lost City, Etude: a Wish to the Moon, Asian X.T.C, and Another Piano Story: End of the World among others, he has established his own style for composing and performing within many different musical genres.

Starting with "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" (1984), Hisaishi has produced music for nine films including "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" (2008), "Princess Mononoke" (1999), "Howl’s Moving Castle" (2004), and "Spirited Away" (2002 Academy Award Winner, Best Animated Feature).[1]

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