Japanese composer and musical director Joe Hisaishi, best known for composing the scores of many of Hayao Miyazaki's animations, will perform in several concerts across Taiwan at the start of May.
The musical director, whose birth name is Mamoru Fujisawa, will perform at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on May 2, and at the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center the following day.
He will be collaborating with the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Taiwan National Choir, and Taiwan's Evergreen Symphony Orchestra.
The musicians will perform Beethoven's 'Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125' ('the Choral') and two pieces composed by Hisaishi — 'Orbis' for mixed choir, pipe organ, and orchestra, and 'The Wind Rises' suite no. 2 for balalaika, bayan, guitar, and small orchestra.
The 23-minute 'The Wind Rises' will make its world premier in Taiwan. It is an extended version of a soundtrack for Miyazaki's award-winning 2013 animated feature 'The Wind Rises.'
Now on his third visit to Taiwan, Hisaishi said that the three pieces are all challenging, but that he will do his best to give a perfect performance for Taiwanese audiences.
He has composed the scores for many of Japanese animation master Miyazaki's films, including 'Spirited Away,' 'Howl's Moving Castle,' 'My Neighbor Totoro,' and 'Ponyo.'