Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto was born in Tokyo in 1952 and made his debut in 1978 with the album Thousand Knives. Sakamoto's diverse résumé include his pioneering electronic works, globally-inspired rock, classical scores including an opera, and being a founding member of electronic music as a part of Yellow Magic Orchestra. His film soundtracks have won many prestigious awards such as an Academy Award for the Last Emperor (1987), two Golden Globes, a Grammy and a British Academy Award in addition to the several Japanese awards for his most famous film score, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Sakamoto's recent releases include collaborations with
Alva Noto (vrioon, 2003; Summvs, 2011) and Christian Fennesz (Flumina, 2011).

Since 3/11 in Japan, Sakamoto has been a strong voice for support and help for the victims of the earthquake, tsunami, and the anthropogenic nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. In response, Sakamoto has launched the following three charity organizations: kizunaworld, LIFE311 and
School Music Revival.
Sakamoto resides in New York City.