Yoshiki, one of Asia’s most influential musical artists, is honored to share his new collection of compositions entitled Yoshiki Classical with fans around the world. He’ll be bringing his Classical tour (you can buy tickets here) to the Royal Festival Hall, London on May 29, 2014!
The long awaited album Yoshiki Classical was released worldwide in the fall of 2013 and met with a tremendous response. It sees collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco.
Yoshiki Classical debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world and also saw a Top 10 debut in 4 countries.
Along with Billboard Magazine, MTV, Reuters and AOL, Classic FM applauds Yoshiki Classical as an “enlightening exploration of one musical auteur’s quest to turn his music into something more than a series of rock ballads.” Pianist Magazine went on to say Yoshiki Classical is a “true labor of love from a talented artist who’s made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres2.
Although known as the founder of Japan’s biggest rock band X Japan and credited as the catalyst for the flamboyant visual kei rock sub-genre, Yoshiki is a world-renowned classically trained multi-instrumentalist/composer/musician. Yoshiki has made an impressive mark within the classical genre. Yoshiki’s talent has seen him compose the 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song, which is available in 111 countries.
He’s also composed and performed an orchestral piece/piano concerto to commemorate the Japanese Emperor’s 10th anniversary of his reign, along with the theme for the World Expo Beyond music, which includes selling 30 million singles and albums combined, and several sold-out world tours, Yoshiki has been celebrated in many unique ways. Only highlighting a few; Marvel Comic’s legend Stan Lee created the music superhero comic book series “Blood Red Dragon” based on Yoshiki. Madame Tussaud created and unveiled the Yoshiki wax figure.