坂本 龍一Ryuichi Sakamoto
Born in 1952 in Tokyo, Ryuichi Sakamoto debuted as a solo artist in 1978 with the release of The Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto. He co-founded Yellow Magic Orchestra the same year and has remained active on multiple fronts after branching out from the group. His score for the movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence won a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, while his score for The Last Emperor won an Academy Award for Best Original Score, a Grammy Award, and other accolades. His desire to constantly explore innovative sounds and music has earned him worldwide acclaim.
Mr. Sakamoto frequently shares his concern for environmental issues and his interest in peace initiatives. He established “More Trees,” an organization dedicated to the preservation of woodlands. He also aids the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami through musical initiatives, such as the creation of the Tohoku Youth Orchestra.
His major film scores include The Sheltering Sky (1990), High Heels (1990), The Little Buddha (1993), Femme Fatale (2002), Tony Takitani (2005), Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), The Revenant (2015), Rage (2016), The Fortress (2017), Your Face (2018), and Minamata (2020).
Passed away on March 28, 2023.