While at Kunitachi College of Music, Joe Hisaishi discovered a passion for minimal music, and soon started his carrier as a composer of contemporary music. His first album, ”MKWAJU”, was released in 1981, followed by ”Information” a year later. Many more followed, with, ”Piano Stories”, ”My Lost City”, ”ETUDE ～a Wish to the Noon～”, ”Asian X.T.C”, ”Another Piano Stories ～End of the World～”. He has created many solo albums and has established his own style performing in different genre of music.
Starting with ”Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” (1984), he has produced music for nine films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, including ”Princess Mononoke” (1997), ”Spirited Away” (2001), ”Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea” (2008).
He also provided music for ”HANA-BI” (1997) and ”BROTHER” (2001) directed by Takeshi Kitano , and for ”Okuribito (Departures)” (2008) by Yojiro Takita , which won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2009). His works have won many awards including several Outstanding Achievement in Music of Japan Academy Prize, achieving his vital position in Japanese film industry. In recent years, he has provided music for foreign films such as a Korean film ”Welcome to Dongmakgol” (2006) which won the Best Music prize of Korean Film Award, Chinese film ”The Postmodern Life of My Aunt” (2006), which won the Best Music prize of 27th Hong Kong Academy Award. Be it in his home country or abroad, his music have always been extremely well received.