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This page is for musicians that we like, as recommended by members of the community. The music here will not necessarily be similar to Yuki Kajiura’s style, but we might have the same tastes 🙂 Listed in “family name, given name” format, like the vocalist page, or just by group/band name.


Amano, Tsukiko
Suggested by maxwell9
A singer-songwriter most well-known for the ending themes for survival horror games Fatal Frame II (Chou) and III (Koe), also known as Project Zero or Zero.
Official Site (Samples: Chou , Koe , Just Call My Name )

Suggested by Zuiyon
A Japanese group composed of vocalist atsuko, and instrumentalist KATSU. They work together to compose the music. With a wild, unique voice and an even wilder upbeat synthesis of different genres, they are most well known for performing various themes for the anime Stellvia of the Universe. They provided theme songs for a variety of other anime works, such as Heroic Age, Shikabane Hime and Asura Cryin’.
Official Site (Samples: Shangri-La , Asu e no Brilliant Road, Alternative , Soukyuu )

Hirasawa, Susumu
Suggested by maha_gnosis
An electropop artist who has sung and composed songs for Berserk, Paprika, and Millenium Actress.
Official Site (Samples: The Girl in Byakkoya, Rubedo , Forces )

Kawada, Mami
Suggested by Zuiyon
A member of the music group I’ve, she often works with KOTOKO when composing music for anime, and collaborate on singles.
Official Site (Samples: Hishoku no Sora , Joint , Masterpiece )

Shikata, Akiko
A singer, composer and songwriter,  she is a talented user of ethnic and fantasy-themed arrangements, different languages and grand choir chants recorded by herself in multiple tracks. She’s famous for composing for games like Ar Tonelico (along with Haruka Shimotsuki, Yuuko Ishibashi and KOKIA) and Shadow Hearts, as well as for Umineko no Naku Koro Ni (both sound novel and anime adaptations), Tales of Symphonia OVAs, and Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi.
Official Site (Samples:  Katayoku no Tori , Byakumu no Mayu ~ Ricordando il Passato, Inori no Kanata, Istoria ~Kalliope~, EXEC_EP=NOVA)

Shimotsuki, Haruka
Suggested by george1234
A vocalist and song writer, who also works under the names tieLeaf and Kukui during collaborations. She does not compose all her songs, but they follow a general style of J-pop mixed with “Kajiuran” singing. She has performed in Rozen Maiden, and games Atelier Iris, and Ar Tonelico.
Official Site (Samples: Kamp, White Night Fantasy Tale , Concordia )

Sound Horizon
Suggested by J. Uzuki
A “fantasy band” using primarily female vocals, interspersed with narration of dark stories. Composition, arrangement, and some instruments/vocals by Revo, the leader of the group.
Official Site (Samples: Shinryaku Surumono Sarerumono, Ark)

Teng, Vienna
Suggested by naoise
An alto singer-songwriter and pianist with catchy melodies and deep, thought provoking lyrics.
Official Site (Samples: Drought, Between, My Medea)

Westenra, Hayley
Suggested by Kerahna
A singer from New Zealand with an echoey voice and Irish-inspired arranges. Her pieces tend to be divided into the high opera-type, and medium-speed pop-like songs. She has done several covers for other artists.
Official Site (Samples: Across the Universe of Time, Summer Fly)

Instrumental/OST/New Age

Fujita, Junpei
Suggested by george1234
A music composer and arranger, he has worked with several game and anime soundtracks/theme songs. He composed and arranged the opening themes for Rosario + Vampire, and the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. He also composed the ending theme and soundtrack for TV anime H2O – Footprints in the sand.
Official Site

Fukasawa, Hideyuki
Suggested by george1234
Composed music for Chaos Legion and worked on some installments in the Onimusha series. He also composed the soundtrack for the anime Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto. He is known for “merging orchestral music with techno, rock, heavy metal and gothic chanting”.
Official Site

Suggested by Kerahna
A Greek composer/arranger. His pieces are largely instrumental with complex arrangements, sometimes with choir or solo voices.
Official Site (Samples: Rite of Passage, At First Sight)