Yoshiki, one of Asia's most influential musical artists, has announced a 27 August 2013 digital release date for Yoshiki Classical - the classical music of internationally renowned composer and pianist Yoshiki, with performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco. Two tracks were produced by George Martin, and the rest by the composer. Physical CD release will be 24 September.
Yoshiki Classical, his first classical CD available worldwide, includes his classical and classically-inspired works Miracle, Seize the Light, The Golden Globes Theme (in both orchestral and string quartet versions), Tears (produced by George Martin), Red Christmas, Anniversary, Rosa, I'll Be Your Love (theme for the World Expo in Japan) and Amethyst (also produced by George Martin). It is being released by Yoshiki to help spread awareness of the beauty of classical music to a worldwide rock audience.
Yoshiki is a major rock star, best known as leader and founder of the band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and principal songwriter. However, classical music was his first love. He says, 'I began taking piano lessons and music theory at age four, and became interested in classical works by Beethoven and Schubert. In elementary school, I played the trumpet in the brass band, and around age ten started composing songs for piano. I've been writing classical music ever since. Needless to say, classical music has been a major influence in my musical career, including X Japan. I'm so excited to finally share my classical compositions that are very close to my heart with my fans around the world.'
Yoshiki previously released his first classical studio album Yoshiki Presents Eternal Melody, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin. This remains one of the biggest-selling classical recordings of all time in Japan. Yoshiki's more widely known classical compositions include the Golden Globes Theme, Amethyst, the piano concerto Anniversary, written to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the reign of the Emperor of Japan, and I'll Be Your Love, the theme for the World Expo in Japan, the premiere of which featured him conducting the Super World Orchestra at the Expo's opening ceremony. All profits from sales of the Golden Globes Theme will be donated to charities chosen by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) through Yoshiki's California-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit, Yoshiki Foundation America (YFA). In addition, proceeds from the composition Anniversary will be donated through YFA to provide relief for Japanese earthquake victims.
Yoshiki currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Posted: 1 August 2013
by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
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