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Michiru Oshima (Composer)

  Michiru Oshima is a Japanese composer who has worked on music in wide range of areas such as more than 80 movies, over 180 television titles, video games, various types of events, concerts, theaters, among others. She has released over 300 CDs including film soundtracks and artist CDs.

  Graduated from the Kunitachi College of Music, Department of Music Composition, she began her activities as a composer and arranger while in college, and has been involved in composing music for movies, commercials, TV programs, anime, ambient music and tunes for classical musicians.  She released a Symphony entitled “Orasho” when she was still in college. Through her masterful manipulation of both orchestras and synthesizers, she has attracted attention from various sectors for creating grandiose, dramatic sounds and beautiful melodies. 

  She was the youngest to be awarded the 1st prize at International Electone Competition in 1977 when she was 16 years old. Other her awards include the 52nd(1998) and 67th(2013) Mainichi Film Contest Award for Best Music, the 21st,(1998) 24th(2001), 26th(2003), 27th(2004), 29th(2006), 30th(2007), 31st(2008) and 38th(2016) Japanese Academy Award for Music, and the 31st(2008) Japanese Academy Award for Best Music, Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music in 2006 (in Japan), Best Composer Award at Jackson Hole Film Festival 2007(in the U.S.). Moreover, she was one of the 27 composers for the album ‘In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores’ performed by violinist Hilary Hahn which was awarded a 2015 Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music category (she composed “Memories”).

  Her works include music for the movie “Godzilla vs. Megaguiraus”, which soundtrack CD has been released in the U.S., “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla”, “Godzilla: Tokyo SOS” and “Memories of Tomorrow”, among others. “Memories of Tomorrow” was produced and played by Hollywood movie star Ken Watanabe, for which music she received the Best Composer Award at Jackson Hole Film Festival in 2007. In addition to film music, she has composed music scores for numerous anime television series; including “Fullmetal Alchemist” and the motion picture “Fullmetal Alchemist” the Movie. She was also the composer for a Japanese stage musical adaptation of the classic Hollywood film “Roman Holiday”. Her latest work includes the composition of several music tracks for the highly acclaimed Chinese espionage thriller film “The Message” in 2009.

  She has composed a large number of music for music festivals in France and Luxemburg, stages in Belgium or concerts in Japan and recorded with orchestras and musicians from all over the world such as U.S., Australia, France, Russia, Belgium, England, Czech, Austria, Poland and Italy.
She has been engaged in many governmental projects such as music director at “40th Year of ASEAN-Japan” in 2013, in which she supervised and managed musicians in ASEAN countries, organized concerts in ASEAN countries and composed music for the ASEAN Summit.

  She served as an adjunct professor at Kunitachi College of Music from 1992 to 1995, visiting professor at Shobi College of Music since 2005.

Compositions

Film soundtracks and Awards (selective)
2015: Ertugrul 1890 (Turkish-Japanese co-production movie) (Japanese Academy Award for Music, 2016)
2012: We are Express (67th Mainichi Film Contest Award for Best Music,2013)
2011: Kora (Chinese Film) (24th Tokyo International Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Award)
2010: Ghost (Asian Version)
2009: Husei (Chinease Film)
2007: Bizan(Japanese Academy Award for Best Music, 2008)
2007: Tsubaki Sanjûrô (remake of Kurosawa’s Tsubaki Sanjuro)
2006: Memories of Tomorrow(Jackson Hole Film Festival 2007(USA) Best Composer Award)(Japanese Academy Award for Music,2007)
2005: Year One In The North(Japanese Academy Award for Music,2006)
2004: Princess Raccoon (Premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival)
2003: Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
2003:Like Asura (Japanese Academy Award for Music,2004)
2002: Godzilla vs.Mechagodzilla
2002: The Sun Also Rise (Japanese Academy Award for Music,2003)
2002: Mohou-han (Japanese Academy Award for Music,2003)
2000: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
2000: Nagasaki Burabura Bushi (Japanese Academy Award for Music,2001)
1997: Paradise Lost (Japanese Academy Award for Music,2008) (52ndMainichi Film Contest Award for Best Music)
1995: Kuruta “The adventure of a GOLDEN DOG”
(Australian-Japanese co-production)

Game and Anime (selective)
2017: Little Witch Academia (Netflix)
2017: The Night is short, Walk on Girl (The best Future Award at Ottawa Animation Festival)
2015: ICO (The 100 Greatest Video Game Soundtracks, 1st prize) (the most nominated at The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for the 5th AIAS Achievement Awards) (the most nominated at The International Game Developers Association for the Game Developers Choice Awards, Game of the Year)
2014: Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha “Owarinaki Tabi”
2013: Little Witch Academia
2013: Patema Inverse
2011: Buddha “The Great Departure”
2003~2005: Fullmetal Alchemist ((Tokyo Amine Award for Best Music,2006)

TV programs (selective)
2015: Hiroshima Revealed (NHK TV)
2009: Ten Chi Jin (NHK TV)
1999~2000: Asuka (NHK TV)
1994~1995: Planet Of Life (NHK TV)
1990~1991: The British Museum (NHK TV)

Concerts, Theaters, Music Festivals and CD projects (selective)
2018: Concerto for Clarinet and Marimba(Kansai philharmonic orchestra and Richard and Mika stolzman)
2018: Concerto for Shakuhachi and Koto (Japan Philharmonic Orchestra )
2017: Three Pieces for Orchestral 「Sama」(Kansai philharmonic orchestra)
2015: Bon Appetit (For the Festival du goût de la musique in Luçon, France )
2015: Michiru Oshima Special Concert in Nagasaki
2015: Symphony 2nd ~since 1945 (with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Japan)
2014: Les Larmes de Raju (with Daniel Gremelle and l’orchestra de Picardiet in France)
2013: Memories (CD) (musical project “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores” by violinist Hilary Hahn, Grammy 2015 Award for Best Chamber Music)
2013: Drums and Voices ( 40th Year of ASEAN-JAPAN Tour)
2013: Viola Sonata (for Festival Sérénade in Surgères,France)
2013: Michiru Oshima Special Concert in Nagasaki
2013: Concerto for piano quartet with Orchestra (with Musicians of Opera de Paris and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Japan)
2012:Sho Asano (CD) (Avatar Studio in NY )
2012:Chanson de L’amour (Mika Yoshida & Richard Stoltzman “New Genre” Duo recital at Carnegie Hall in NY)
2011:Robo a gogo (Theatre)(many countries in Europe and Asia)
2011: Requiem ~ It lies at the bottom of the sea ( L’ensemble LUCILIN in Luxembourg)
2011: Vocalise (Chamber Music with the mezzo-soprano for Festival Sérénade in Surgères, France)
2011:Crazy Marimba (with Mika Yoshida 「Mikarimba Madness with Gadd and Gomez」at Carnegie Hall in NY)
2010: Michiru Oshima Special Concert in Nagasaki
2010: Concerto for viola (with Pierre Lenert and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Japan)
2009: Concerto for saxophone (with Daniel Gremelle and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan)
2007, 2008 Island Magic (with Mika Yoshida, Richard Stolzman, Steve Gadd, Eddy Gomes and Peter Stolzman )
2005: For the East (CD) ( with Quartuor Ravel in Europe and Japan)
2001: Hideki Togi ( Concerto with Boston Pops Orchestra in Boston)

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