Joe Hisaishi, known professionally as , 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 his films including Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and ''The Castle of Cagliostro''. He is also recognized for the soundtracks he has provided for filmmaker 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, including ''A Scene at the Sea'' (1991), ''Sonatine'' (1993), ''Kids Return'' (1996), ''Hana-bi'' (1997), ''Kikujiro'' (1999), and ''Dolls'' (2002), as well for the video game series ''Ni no Kuni''. He was a student of legendary anime composer Takeo Watanabe. Provided by Wikipedia