Hisaishi Joe is a composer and director, his music being featured in over 100 films. He is best known for his collaborations with Miyazaki Hayao and Kitano Takeshi.
Hisaishi was born in Nakano, Japan. He began taking violin lessons at the age of five and eventually went on to attend the Kunitachi College of Music with a major in music composition. He started working with Miyazaki in 1983 on the film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which led to his great success as a composer.