Yoshiki, considered to be one of Asia's most influential musical artists and the biggest rock icon, is honored to share his new collection of compositions entitled Yoshiki Classical with fans around the world.
A songwriter, drummer and classical pianist, Yoshiki's group, X JAPAN, have sold 30 million singles and albums combined, and they've filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times. With the band's popularity spreading throughout the world, the band have recently completed a sold-out world tour, performing in North America, Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. They recently performed their first stateside concert in four years at New York's Madison Square Garden. The band's first new studio album in 20 years will be available in late 2016, and they plan to perform at SSE Wembley Arena in March 2017.
In 1999, Yoshiki composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the emperor of Japan's reign.
In 2005, Yoshiki composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. Previously, Yoshiki also recorded a classical album co-produced and arranged by acclaimed Beatles producer Sir George Martin and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Beyond music, Yoshiki has his own Visa Card and MasterCard issued by one of the largest Japanese banks. Recently, the legendary Stan Lee created a Super Hero based on him, and for the first time, a Hello Kitty product line is named after a person - "Yoshikitty."
In 2010, he launched his non-profit organization, Yoshiki Foundation America, which continues to donate to various charitable organizations, including supporting Japanese Earthquake victims.
In 2012, Yoshiki composed the official theme song for the Golden Globes®, which airs in 167 countries. The Golden Globe® Theme was released through iTunes in Jan 2013, available in 111 countries worldwide.
In 2014, Yoshiki Performed Part 1 of his Yoshiki Classical World Tour, which took place in 10 different countries (US, Mexico, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan).
Having grown up in a family that managed a kimono business, Yoshiki created a collection of rock-inspired kimonos that debuted during the finale of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fasion Week in Tokyo. Also in 2015, the Yoshiki Channel was launched on Niconico Video, a Japanese video platform that streams exclusive live content.
In January of 2016, "We Are X" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as a part of the World Cinema Documentary competition and took home the special jury award for Best Editing. The film then screened at the SXSW Film Festival and won the audience award for Excellence in Title Design.
Also in 2016, Yoshiki was asked to be an advisor to Japan House, which will open in Los Angeles, London and Sao Paulo. These offices are being set up in the interest of promoting Japanese culture and technology.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Otakon 2016 - August 12-14, 2016 in Baltimore, MD
- Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2014 - October 31 - November 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA
- New York Comic Con 2014 - October 9-12, 2014 in New York, NY
- Otakon 2014 - August 8-10, 2014 in Baltimore, MD
- FanimeCon 2011 - May 27-30, 2011 in San Jose, CA
- Anime Central 2011 - May 20-22, 2011 in Rosemont, IL
- Otakon 2010 - July 30 - August 1, 2010 in Baltimore, MD
- Anime Central 2010 - May 14-16, 2010 in Rosemont, IL
- Otakon 2006 - August 4-6, 2006 in Baltimore, MD