Ryuichi Sakamoto

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Sakamoto.
Ryuichi Sakamoto in 2008

Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi, born 17 January 1952) is a Japanese musician, a composer, music producer, pianist, and keyboardist. His nickname is Kyoju, which means Professor in Japanese.

Early life[change | change source]

He is from Tokyo. He was born on 17 January 1952. He learned music at Tokyo University of the Arts and Tokyo University of Arts graduate school.

Career[change | change source]

Music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). YMO is an English acronym. YMO stands for "Yellow Magic Orchestra", which he formed with Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi in the late 1970s. The group gained success and became famous at home and abroad. In addition, he released music solo parallel to his work as a member of YMO.

Other than his own music, Sakamoto has offered musical pieces to other artists and composed soundtracks. The soundtrack of "The Last Emperor" shown in 1987 was evaluated and won an Academy Award for Original Music Score by a Japanese artist for the first time.

On 10 July 2014, Sakamoto released a statement and said that he had been diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer in late June. He announced that he was taking a break from his work while he went through treatment and recovery.[1]

Activist[change | change source]

In late years he has often spoken about the issue of environmental problems and peace in the media.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ryuichi Sakamoto diagnosed with throat cancer". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  2. Smith, Steve. "Sylvan Sounds, Meant to Be Seen," New York Times. 19 October 2010; excerpt, "... a skillful keyboardist, he is a pop-culture hero in his native Japan, a composer of film scores and symphonic works, a record producer and entrepreneur, an actor and, most recently, an environmental activist"; retrieved 7 June 2012.