From 1998 - 2024

How It All Began

After graduating from the Kunitachi College of Music with a degree in Music Composition, she embarked on her career as a composer and arranger. Her creative journey began during her college years, where she demonstrated her talents by composing and arranging music. Since then, she has made significant contributions to various mediums, including movies, commercials, TV programs, anime, ambient music, and classical compositions. During her time in college, she achieved a remarkable milestone by releasing a Symphony titled "Orasho." This early accomplishment showcased her exceptional skills and artistic prowess. By seamlessly blending orchestral arrangements with synthesized elements, she has captivated audiences from diverse backgrounds, gaining recognition for her ability to create grand, dramatic soundscapes and captivating melodies.

At the age of 16, she achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the youngest recipient of the 1st prize at the International Electone Competition in 1977. This early recognition served as a testament to her exceptional talent and dedication to her craft. Throughout her illustrious career, she has garnered numerous accolades and awards for her contributions to the world of music. Among her notable achievements are the prestigious 52nd (1998) and 67th (2013) Mainichi Film Contest Awards for Best Music. Additionally, she has received recognition from the Japanese Academy Awards, winning the 21st (1998), 24th (2001), 26th (2003), 27th (2004), 29th (2006), 30th (2007), 31st (2008), and 38th (2016) editions in the Music category. She was also honored with the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music in the 31st (2008) edition. Internationally, her talent has been acknowledged as well. She received the Best Composer Award at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in 2007 (United States). Furthermore, she was one of the distinguished composers selected for the album "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores," performed by renowned violinist Hilary Hahn. This album, featuring her composition "Memories," was honored with a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music category in 2015. Her extensive list of accolades demonstrates her versatility and exceptional contributions to the field of music, solidifying her reputation as a highly respected and accomplished composer.

Her extensive repertoire includes notable contributions to the world of film and television. She has composed captivating scores for several renowned movies, such as "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus," which garnered a soundtrack CD release in the United States, as well as "Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla," "Godzilla: Tokyo SOS," and "Memories of Tomorrow," among others. "Memories of Tomorrow" stands out as a remarkable accomplishment, as it was produced and featured the esteemed Hollywood actor Ken Watanabe. For her outstanding work on this film, she was honored with the Best Composer Award at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in 2007. This recognition further solidified her talent and skill as a composer. In addition to her film contributions, she has also composed music scores for numerous anime television series, including the widely acclaimed "Fullmetal Alchemist" series and its motion picture adaptation. Moreover, she took on the role of composer for a Japanese stage musical adaptation of the classic Hollywood film "Roman Holiday," showcasing her versatility across different mediums. Her creative journey continued with the composition of several tracks for the highly acclaimed Chinese espionage thriller film "The Message" in 2009, further expanding her global reach and impact. Her ability to craft evocative and captivating compositions across various genres and mediums has established her as a respected and versatile composer in the industry.

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“When you listen to my music, I want you to feel happy and encouraged,” she exclaims. “There’s nothing better for me.”

Her contribution to the world of music is invaluable, and her creative prowess has garnered much appreciation within the industry. She is truly a master in her craft, and she continues to deliver top-notch musical creations to this day.