This page lists the vocalists who have performed songs written by Yuki Kajiura.
Kalafina – A project started by Yuki Kajiura in 2007 for the main themes of the seven films in the Kara no Kyoukai series. The first two vocalists revealed were Keiko Kubota and Wakana Ootaki, both vocalists in the FictionJunction project. Later, Maya Toyoshima and Hikaru Masai were identified as the third and fourth vocalists.
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FictionJunction Project – Yuki’s solo project which involves Kaori Oda, Yuuka Nanri, Asuka Kato, Yuriko Kaida, Wakana Ootaki and Keiko Kubota. Their music has been heard as OP/ED and insert themes of Tsubasa Chronicle, El Cazador, Elemental Gelade and other more recent animes.
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See-Saw – Began in 1993 as a three-member group consisting of Yukiko Nishioka, Chiaki Ishikawa and our Yuki Kajiura. In April 1994, Yukiko left the group to continue her writing career. From 1995 until 2001, the group was separated. and continue from 2001 to August 2005 with their last work being single Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru. Officially, the group is still in activity. Since this date, Chiaki has been doing solo career.
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Mika Arisaka is a Japanese-American Singer and vocalist. She is a member of Reggae Disco Rockers and also has a solo career. With Yuki, she performed the second ending theme of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny “Life Goes On” as well as “Toki no Sabaku”. The single Life Goes On was ranked top in Oricon daily single chart on first day of its release, and later ranked fourth in Oricon weekly single chart that same week. JVC Official Site
Born May 10, 1955
Yuki’s most prominent English vocalist. She lives in New York, and performs in an a-capella group known as The Accidentals. She has been heard in .hack//sign, on Fiction, in El Cazador de la Bruja, and Pandora Hearts. A song, ending theme of the flash story ‘Xenosaga: a Missing Year’ published by Namco, was sung by Emily, but wasnt released untill 2011, on Yuki’s Fiction II, with the title “My long forgotten cloistered sleep”. Emily performed with Yuki on her visit to Anime Expo in 2003.
Originally a part of Nansho along with Nanri Yuuka, she and Yuuka became a duo known as Tiaraway, active from 2003-2005. Yuki has been writing and producing Saeko’s albums for several years, and is most well known for her most recent single (2004), Sayonara Solitia, the ending theme for Chrono Crusade which can also be heard on her album, ‘Everything’.
Tulivu is her African name, and her father, the baritone saxophone player Harold Cumberbatch, named her Donna Lynn. She received a professional formation and sang in choirs in school and church. She has sung in West Africa, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, but mostly in New York. Donna Lynn sang Lullaby for Yuki in the Japanese version of FICTION but also for another composer: Yoko Kanno. Now, Tulivu is working with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, the Ray Abrams Big Band, the Cliff Smalls Septet, the Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble, and her Magnificent Trio.
Emily Curtis, a New York City native singer and song writer, began studying music in early childhood and studied the piano at the High School of Performing Arts, where she also played cello and bass in student orchestras. Later, in college, she also learned playing guitar and composing songs. In 1999, Emily released her independent CD, “Radiate”, while in 2002 her second, self-titled album. Outside of United States, Emily Curtis collaborated with the japanese composer Yoko Kanno on the “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG” soundtrack, as well as with Yuki Kajiura by singing the ending theme, “maybe tomorrow~ending medley”, for the video game “Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra”. Official Site
Leader of The Accidentals, wherein Emily Bindiger belongs to, Margaret sings, writes and composes music. She does a lot of live performances with her group. She performed the background vocals for other artists notably in the album One Heart sung by Celine Dion. She is the choir director and a soloist for the Downtown Messiah. We can hear her voice in Xenosaga II Movie scene soundtrack. Official Site
“Fion” is Yuki Kajiura’s pseudonym when singing in her songs, usually as background but in some cases main vocal. Little information could be found about the vocalist, so it was suspected by some members of the community that Fion may actually be Yuki Kajiura herself based on her name and voice. Her true identity was unconfirmed until the discovery of Yuki Kajiura’s twitter account in early 2010, with the username Fion0806 – containing both the name of the mysterious vocalist along with Kajiura’s birth date. On September 9 2010, Yuki officially revealed in her blog that she was the owner of the twitter page. As Fion, she has performed in Madlax (open your box, cannabinoids, saints), Mai Hime (Mezame), Tsubasa Chronicle (Play the game, Sacrifice), El Cazador (Place of Eternity), Kara no Kyoukai OST 1, and provided backing vocals in Velvet no Inori and Toki no Sabaku.
Megumi is a Japanese voice actress, singer and radio personality. She is best known for her roles in Neon Genesis Evangelion (Rei Ayanami), Cowboy Bebop (Faye Valentine) and Slayers (Lina Inverse). Her sole collaboration with Yuki is “Daikirai” from her 11th studio album “Center Color”. Official Site
Kaori Hikita began her career as a Japanese singer with two singles composed by Yuki: Michiyuki (ending theme of Loveless) and Egao no Wake (opening theme of Shonen Onmyouji). She sings the ending themes of the OVA Tales of Symphonia and the anime Hatenkou Yuugi (Dazzle). Her most recent collaboration with Yuki is the ending theme of the anime Amatsuki, Namae no Nai Michi.
Recently, Kaori has started singing in some small live shows, accompanying herself on piano. She is currently part of a group formed in 2012 called TORINONE, providing vocals alongside Hiroshi Kumamoto (percussion) and Kenji Mizuki (piano). They released their first album, Hare Nochi KINEMA, in 2013.
Aya Hisakawa is a Japanese seiyuu and singer.She is best known for dubbing Sailor Mercury in “Sailor Moon”.
Aya dubbed the characters of Chloe, Limelda Jorg and Jody Hayward from the anime Noir, Madlax and El Cazador de la Bruja , for which Yuki composed the music. She performed the Japanese version of “secret game”: Himitsu (included in the NOIR blanc dans NOIR album), composed by Yuki.
Winner of Sony’s “Gonna be a Star” contest. The prize was a starring role in the OVA ‘Le Portrait de Petite Cossette’ and getting to sing the ending and insert songs ‘Houseki’ and ‘Ballad’, written by Yuki Kajiura. Since then she has voiced many minor roles in various animes.
Changed her name from 石川 知亜紀 (same pronunciation) in 2005. She is the singing half of the current See-Saw. Her voice has been heard extensively in the background music of the .hack// series, as well as two ending themes for Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny. In 1999 she released a 6-track 6 CD under the name Somali, “Magnolia”, and in 2003 released a CD album “Inner Garden”. Since 1994 she has written songs for other vocalists, and since 2003 has been writing songs for anime, including ‘Uninstall’ from Bokurano, and released 3 full albums and a mini-album. She attended Anime Expo 2007 where she performed solo, and also opened for Yoko Kanno at Otakon 2013 and has appeared at C3 in Hong Kong and Animelo Summer Live in 2006, 2008-2012. She has also done solo live shows in Japan since 2012.
Not only a seiyuu, Tarako is also a singer and songwriter. She was born in Ota (Gunma Prefecture) and is working in Troubadour Musique Office. In the anime NOIR, she dubbed Altena. Among all the songs composed by Yuki, only one is performed by Tarako : lullaby – japanese version in 2001 on NOIR blanc dans NOIR. She has released 10 albums and her last one was in 1995, entitled Wai. Official Site: Troubadour Musique Office
Eri Itō is an actress and singer. Eri started singing when she was two years old and was taught by her mother. She studied in the Musashino Academia Musicae, which is one of the most prestigious music conservatories in Japan. After graduating, she joined the Shiki Theatre Company.
As an actress, she starred in the musical adaption of the novel Song of Bernadette, My Fair Lady, and Rosalie, among others. She was also the dub voice of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and the singing voice of Mary Poppins and Mulan from their respective movies, and has also narrated several documentaries and commercials.
As a solo singer, she has released 2 albums, Say and Lonely with You (one song composed by Kajiura), and has collaborated with various Japanese artists. Her voice can also be heard in “Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu” from Sega Saturn game Panzer Dragoon Saga, and “Anu Orta Veniya” from Panzer Dragoon Orta for Xbox.
With Kajiura, she has sung in the soundtracks for Tsubasa Chronicles, Xenosaga Episode III, Pandora Hearts, Rekishi Hiwa Historia, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Fate/Zero, as well as Kajiura’s second solo album Fiction II. She was also a guest in Yuki Kajiura Live Vol. 2, 6, 8, and 9. Official Blog
Trained at Kunitachi College of Music, after graduation, she became a studio/live musician, providing vocals and backing chorus to numerous artists in record studios and on tours. Yuriko Kaida is a long-time Kajiura vocalist, they first met on NOIR project in 2001. Indeed, she is the singer of the songs which made Yuki break into the anime world : Canta per Me, Lullaby and Salva Nos. Whether it be on the chorus or as a main vocal, it is not rare to hear Yuriko Kaida’s voice into Yuki’s works. She is also performing in Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol.#1, 2, 3 and will sing in the fourth one this summer. In addition, she has composed some of the theme songs of Medabots and Ojamajo Doremi. On FictionJunction’s latest release, Everlasting Songs, she performs lead vocals on “here we stand in the morning dew” (originally performed by Saeko Chiba in Everything ) and “Himitsu” (originally performed by Aya Hisakawa in NOIR blanc dans NOIR), as well as providing backing vocals throughout the album.Twitter Account
Sayaka Kanda was born in Setagaya, Tokyo. She is the only child of actor Masaki Kanda and Seiko Matsuda. In 1999, while a student at a Japanese school in Los Angeles, she appeared in Bean Cake, a short film which won the Palme d’Or du court métrage at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Kanda has attended Tokai University. She made her NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen debut in December 2011 singing “Ue o Muite Arukō” alongside her mother. In July 2012, Kanda debuted as a voice actress on TV animation Good Luck Girl!, which led her to be cast as Anna in Japanese version of Disney’s Frozen, for which she won 9th Seiyu Awards for Best Lead Actress. Sayaka Kanda has released 4 singles and 2 albums as solo artists. In April 2014, she formed a duo called TRUSTRICK with guitarist Billy and have released 3 albums since then. Kanda appeared as a special guest in the Alan Symphony Concert from December 20th, 2014 alongside Tibetan Chinese diva Alan Dawa Dolma and they sang a song originally performed by Alan titled “Kaze no Tegami” (Letter in the Wind).
She has been quite active as an actress on films (7), TV dramas (5), and mostly on stage plays (20) since her debut. She has also done voice acting on 2 TV anime, and 3 animated films and has written some lyrics for her mother’s songs. For Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale movie, she voiced Yuna and performed 5 song of that character, 3 of which (longing, delete, smile for you) were composed by Yuki Kajiura.
As a singer, she participated in the FictionJunction project, and performed everlasting song, an insert song of the anime Erementar Gerad. The only single of FictionJunction ASUKA, everlasting song was released in July 2005. Among the four versions of the song contained in the single, there is a Japanese version instead of the english one heard in the anime. As a songwriter and singer, she released a maxi single called Daisakusen! in August 2000 and another one a.i. in February 2001. She is working now under the name Aira Yuuki (結城 アイラ), and shares a radio program with Yuuka Nanri. Her latest apperances as ASUKA were on Yuki Kajiura lives vol. 9 Shibuko Special and vol. 10 Kaji Fes. Her second song (but not under the name FJ ASUKA) with Yuki was “Mada Dame Yo” for the third Madoka Magica movie Rebellion. Official Site | Blog Site | Myspace Account
Born in Tokyo, Mikihiko is a solo tenor and has performed songs by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and various gospel songs. He became popular in opera after performing in “La Bohème”, “Carmen”, and “Cavalleria Rusticana”, and has recieved praise for his performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von de Erde”. Mikihiko’s only collaboration with Yuki Kajiura so far is Tears fall in my heart from the TV drama 15sai no Shiganhei. The song was released in Yuki’s album The Works for Soundtrack. Official Site
The cellist Clara Kennedy, a native of Wichita, Kansas and 2005 graduate of The Juilliard School, began playing the cello at age ten. She has studied with Leslie Moye, Eugene Kim, and Joel Krosnick, who was her private teacher at The Juilliard School. Clara was seated principal cellist of The Juilliard Orchestra and played under conductors such as Otto Werner-Mueller, James DePreist, Raymond Leppard and Gerard Schwarz. She performed and collaborated with artists of varied mediums, from Shortbus’ Scott Matthew and Justin Bond of Kiki and Herb to Wynton w/ Strings alongside Wynton Marasalis’ Quintet.
She is a contributing member of the multimedia performance art collective Ditch Productions, composing and performing in multimedia productions with fellow Juilliard graduates. She recently returned at her homeland to perform in multiple concerts at The Chamber Music at The Barn concert series. In her first collaboration with Yuki Kajiura she did the main vocal for the Fiction II song “I swear”. My space
Mika Kikuchi is a Japanese actress and voice actress. She’s best know for her role as Mokona Modoki in Tsubasa Chronicles and xxxholic. She sang her own version of “Hoshi ga Kanaderu Monogatari”, composed by Yuki, from the anime Mai Otome.
Mihoko Kondo is a Japanese actress and singer, best known for playing the role of Kazumi Asakura in the live-action adaption of the manga and anime series Mahou Sensei Negima. Her only collaboration with Yuki is the song Endless Sky, which she sang together with her fellow co-star Sara Wakatsuki.
Nina Wang is the character she dubbed in the anime My-Otome and Tenma Tsukamoto, the heroine of the anime School Rumble. Ami is mostly a seiyuu but she also performed Storm, the ending theme of My-Otome OAV and Hoshi ga kanaderu monogatari in My-Otome original sound track 2. She already released her first album, but there were no songs composed by Yuki.
Unlike most of Yuki’s vocalists, Keiko sings with a deep low voice in Yuki’s compositions. As FictionJunction KEIKO, she sang Kaze no Machi e, an insert song of the anime Tsubasa Chronicle, and lately, contributed to lead vocals on FictionJunction’s Everlasting Songs album. As Kalafina, she is part of the main vocals and performed the seven themes of Kara no Kyoukai. She was also present on Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol#1, 2, 3 and will perform on the fourth one this summer. She is a former member of Itokubo, a duo with Ito Ayaka. Official Site: FictionJunction | Official Site: Kalafina | Official Blog
A famous seiyuu, Kuwashima Houko dubbed Margaret in Madlax and Kirika in Noir, for which their OSTs were composed by Yuki. If you have seen Gundam Seed and Gundam Seed Destiny, she played the role of Flay and Stella.In addition, she sang Shinkai no Kodoku, an insert song in Gundam Seed Destiny composed by Yuki. She also performed the Japanese version of Canta Per Me and well as the song Aime moi (included in the NOIR blanc dans NOIR album). She has also released some solo albums, one of them, Junsyoku brilliant also contains the 3 aforementioned songs composed by Yuki. In late 2015, she release the album HouKo ChroniCle where “canta per me” and “shinkai no kodoku” as contained, as some of the lights of her career. web page at Flying Dog
Haruna Luna loved to sing since her childhood, and when she became fan of anime, she challenged the “Rental Magica singer audition” at age of 15 years old, and was selected to sing the main theme for the “Rental Magica” web radio show . Later, while working as a model of the popular fashion magazine “KERA”, she drew public attention by becoming finalist of the “4th Anime Song Grand Prix of Japan” competition. On May 2, 2012 she will release her debut single, starting that way her Jpop career. The single will be titled Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau and the title song will be composed by Yuki Kajiura, and used as 2nd Ending Theme for the TV anime “Fate/Zero” for which she’s also scoring the music.
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Deb Lyons has performed on Fiction, and her most well-known work with Yuki Kajiura is the Image Theme of Xenosaga II and all its various incarnations throughout the soundtrack of Episode II and III. She is friends with Emily Bindiger and they have also performed together. Official Site
Yui Makino is a voice actress and singer. Her role of Sakura, from Tsubasa Chronicle anime, is one of her most popular ones. With Yuki Kajiura she sang “you are my love”, “Tsuki no Shijima”, and “Synchronicity”, opening of Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations. She released these songs in her own albums too, with Yume no Tsubasa being in her Tenkyū no Ongaku 1st album, and synchronicity and Tsuki no Shijima in her Makino Yui 2nd album, where she replaced original chorus with her own. Official Site
She is one of the member of Kalafina and was chosen by Yuki from among 30,000 people who tried out for Sony Music’s audition in 2007. Hikaru was born in Toyama (Toyama prefecture). Contrary to Wakana or Keiko, Kalafina is the first project in which she collaborated with Yuki. She made her debut on sprinter and did perform the Kalafina opening acts on Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol.#2, as well as the Kalafina Kick Off Greeting Vol.0. She is going to perform at Kalafina Premium Live and also on Anime Boston in May!
Wife of the seiyuu Yuji Ueda, Minami Omi aka Mari Akutsu is a long-time seiyuu as well. Lately, she dubbed Euphemia Li Britannia on Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. In 2002, on the anime Aquarian Age, she has dubbed Asumi Hogetsu and Kafuko Kakugeiin. But doing the seiyuu for two characters on the same anime was not enough for Minami, on Aquarian Age ~ Sign for Evolution SPHERE.4 Influential E.G.O. she sang Fuyu no Seiza and Gin no Hashi from which was, afterwards, recorded a second time with Wakana, Keiko and Kaori as vocals on Everlasting Songs Album. Official Site
Known as the dubber of Asuka Langley Soryu in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Alyssa Searrs in My-HiME, Miyamura is more than a simple seiyuu, she’s also actress, singer and director of auriography. She was born in Kobe (Hyōgo Prefecture) as Seki Yuko (関優子) and graduated from the theater division of the Tōhō Gakuen College of Drama and Music. As a seiyuu, she is working with Techno Sound, and as a sound director, she is affiliated with Japan Action Enterprises. She sang It’s only the fairy tale in Mai-HiME ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Vol.1 HiME in 2004, it is the only song composed by Yuki where we can hear Yuko’s voice.
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Main vocalist in the FictionJunction YUUKA project. She was originally a member of the South Aoyama Female Opera Group (Nansho), and sang in musicals and stage performances, where she was said to have been first discovered by Yuki. In 2001, she began professional voice acting and has been heard in several animes including Gunslinger Girl and Mai-HiME. She was also part of Tiaraway along with Chiba Saeko. FictionJunction YUUKA is arguably one of Yuki’s most well-known collaborations.
Kaori Nishina often sings in Yuki’s compositions as chorus. She can be heard in FICTION (2003), Destination (2005), circus (2007), Melody, Everything, and soundtracks such as Aquarian Age, Velveteen Rabbit, and Madlax. She attended AnimagiC 2004 in Germany with Yuki and Konno Hitoshi. Apart from her collaborations with Yuki, she writes songs and sang dream of love from Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA2. Kaori Nishina has collaborated with various artists such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Anna Tsuchiya, AKB48, Miki Imai, Tomoyasu Hotei, Yuki Koyanagi, Hitomi Shimatani, Nanase Aikawa, sayaka, nao, AAA, and more.
Kaori Oda is a member of Sound Horizon, CHIX CHICKS (the former group BJ Girls), and collaborated with Yuki in the FictionJunction KAORI project and is now part of united group FictionJunction She sang two insert songs Tsubasa and Dream Scape composed by Yuki for the anime Tsubasa Chronicle. She has also sang the kajiurago songs “until you find a light – op theme #5 “, “a fruitless love” in Rekishi Hiwa Historia OST II. The single Calling she released, is the ending theme of the anime Baccano! composed by Yuki as well but released under her own name. We can also hear her voice in the opening of Luminus Arc nintendo DS game, Wild Arms XF PSP game, and also in Ouzoku-Band’s Cross Peace album and in Haruka Shimotsuki’s Lip Aura album.
At the age of 14, she released her first single and began her long J-pop career. She is also an actress and played in two films. Noriko produced 23 singles and 15 albums. She tells the story of The Velveteen Rabbit, a children’s novel written by Margery Williams in the first CD of the album Fantasy Sound & Reading: The Velveteen Rabbit. Yuki participated to the elaboration of the background music in the first CD while in the second, she composed all tracks. Noriko performed the song “Velvet no Inori” in the end of the first CD.Official Site
Reika is a Japanese singer and song writer, born in Fukuoka, Japan. The time she found interest for music was during high school’s cultural festival. Later she enrolled in a music school, during which she got her major debut. The major debut into the music industry was with the single Tsuki no Curse, released in May 25, 2005, composed by Yuki Kajiura for the anime Loveless. However Reika sung only the title song which was used as OP, the c/w song, Michiyuki (ED theme), was performed by Kaori Hikita who later also covered Reika’s Tsuki no Curse song. After two years from graduation, Reika worked as radio personality in a weekly live radio broadcast in Kitakyushu. She also actively started composing and performing live. She released her first original full album, Aiueokina, on September 17, 2010.
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Wakana participates, like Keiko Kubota, in FictionJunction and Kalafina projects. She sang Hikari no Yukue and Where the lights are in Shin Kyuuseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken Raoh Den Junai no Shou / Yuria Den ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK I as FictionJunction WAKANA. As the prominent vocal of Kalafina, she performed the seven themes of Kara no Kyoukai. She also sang paradise regained in El Cazador OST 2 and provided vocals for the Sekai Satoyama, Pandora Hearts, Rekishi Hiwa Historia OSTs as WAKANA as well well as in the Kara no Kyoukai soundtracks as Kalafina. Wakana is present in all Kalafina performances and Yuki Kajiura LIVE volumes
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Johan Sara Jr. was born in Alta and grew up with reindeer herders on the vast snow-covered tundra in the arctic north. He is now settled in the Sami town of Maze. The Sami songs, the joik, one of Europe’s oldest song traditions, took the sounds of nature; the wind, the tundra and the sounds of the animals, and let the Sami shaman, the noaidi, express it as music.
Johan Sara Jr. has through his own unique expression continued a thousand year old tradition by adapting the joik to his reality and his contemporary time. Johan Sara Jr. is one of the world’s best performers of joik. His unique combination of joik and contemporary elements provides a hypnotic and meditative sound, which has been praised both at home and abroad. He has released many albums, his latest one is ORVOS. With Yuki Kajiura he provided vocals for the song “Heigen” of her 2nd solo album Fiction II.
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Sayuri goes with the artist name “酸欠少女さユり (asphyxia shoujo sayuri)” and is a singer/songwriter. Sayuri started singing in junior high school, and is currently (2015) 19 years old. She co-operated with YKBX (visual artist with actions inside and outside Japan) and did talk and live events with 2.5dimensions. She debuted as anime artist with her single “Mikazuki (ミカヅキ)” Ending Theme of Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace. Yuki Kajiura wrote (composition, lyrics) the title song of her 2nd single, titled sore wa chisana hikari no yo na「それは小さな光のような」, Ending Theme of Boku dake ga inai machi anime.
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Shoot from Gundam Seed is the sole song composed by Yuki which is performed entirely by a male vocalist : Tomokazu. He is mostly known as a seiyuu and dubbed Sagara Sousuke in Full Metal Panic or Yzak in Gundam Seed series. He also played in live action movies like Cosmos X. As a singer, he produced three albums but they didn’t contain any songs composed by Yuki. Tomokazu Seki Shrine
She studied in the Star Woman High School of Urawa and the Toho Gakuen School of Music, majoring in singing, and minoring in piano. She also went to Italy to continue her operatic studies. During her stay in Italy, she passed many auditions for operas, and performed in various music festivals, and was regarded as one of Japan’s finest vocalists.
Kasahara has recorded several commercial tunes, and has also written lyrics for operas such as Love Believing, Duoro no Aka SHOES, and Aoi Hitomi.
She has been collaborating with Kajiura since 2001, and has sung in the soundtracks for Noir, .Hack//Liminality, Madlax, Le Portrait de Petite Cossette, Mai Otome, Elemental Gelade, Pandora Hearts, Rekishi Hiwa Historia, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Fate/Zero, as well as Kajiura’s solo album Fiction. She was also a guest in Yuki Kajiura Live Vol. #6, Vol. #9 and Vol. #10. Official Site
Joelle was born in USA (Salt Lake City, Utah) before moving to Akita, Japan where she was raised. As the third daughter of American father and Japanese mother, she is fluent in speaking both English and Japanese. Her influence for music came from her father, who is also a musician. Her angelic yet powerful voice reflects a beautiful mixture of those two cultures. Her name came from Billy Joel, whose music her father enjoyed.
Joelle began singing and composing lessons at age 2, piano lessons at age 5, and in high school she took vocal lessons from an opera singer. Finishing high school, she began music study at Yamaha Music Institute and she later received the school’s first scholarship. where she also started her music career by writing and recording songs.
In 2004, she married her husband, Clinton Strother. In 2006, she made her major debut with Universal Japan, performing her song, Lucky Maria, for the TV-series and movie, TRICK. Later on she moved under the KING RECORDS label, releasing the jazz album, Love Letters, in 2007. In 2010, she formed a music duo with her husband, called Joelle & Clinton.
She has sung for NHK TV programs, a TV drama, games (FINAL FANTASY XⅢ-2), and has recorded many commercial songs. She has also been a guest singer for Sound Horizon/Linked Horizon (Ido e itaru Mori e itaru Ido, Märchen, Nein etc).
In 2011, she moved to New Zealand, her husband’s homeland, but still frequently visits and gives concerts in Japan.
In 2016, Joelle sung Australian and Japanese national anthem at international women’s basketball games” Mitsui Fudosan BE THE CHANGE CUP”.
She starts solo music activities in Tokyo from 2017 spring in which year she also started working with Yuki Kajiura, by singing the theme song for the Chinese movie L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties that Kajiura-san composed the soundtrack for. In 2018, she joined Yuki Kajiura Live vol#14 as one of the main vocalists, after Yuki Kajiura left her agency Spacecraft Produce. Joelle also accompanied Kajiura in her AnimeExpo 2018 visit. (sources of text: 1, 2, 3, 4)
REMI is a Japanese classically trained soprano. She started classical singing in high school at 16. She also used to be in the wind instrument music club while in school, playing the flute and clarinet. After graduating from high school, she majored in classical music and musicals in a Music school. After graduating she started off as a free vocalist, and every month was performing music that she had written with her friends from school. One of her first works as a professional singer is the ending theme of the game “Memories Off 2nd” titled “Ashita Tenki ni…”. She has worked with composers Yasuharu Takanashi (Naruto, Shiki, Fairytail, Toriko etc.), Hiromi Mizutani and other Team-MAX members. She has also been a member of the band “Sound Horizon”, appearing in the releases of Shonen wa Tsurugi wo…, Roman, Seisen no Iberia, Moira, and Märchen. Remi was also present at the “DreamPort 2008” concerts, a collaboration between Sound Horizon and Yuki Kajiura. She’s also releasing solo works under the nicknames REMI and Ventoarioso. Remi collaborated for the first time with Yuki Kajiura on the Sword Art Online anime Original Soundtrack I, providing vocals for the tracks “Swordland”, “We have to defeat it”, “Luminous Sword”, “A Narrow Escape”, “First Town”. She’s also confirmed that she sung BGM for Rekishi Hiwa Historia (ost 3 coming out Feb 19, 2014).
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A veteran voice actress, Rie Tanaka has provided the voices of well-known characters such as Lacus Clyne (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED), Chi and Freya (Chobits), and Suigintou (Rozen Maiden). Her singing career is also extensive. With Yuki Kajiura she has collaborated for songs of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED DESTINY, “Fields of Hope”, “Mizu no Akashi”, “Shizuka na Yoru ni” – where YK does lyrics and arrangement only -, wich remain among Rie’s most popular songs. Official Site
The Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, founded in 1956, is a choir of professional vocalists, which was formed by Tanaka Nobuaki and some twenty graduates of the vocal course at Tokyo University of the Arts. Its predecessor was “Ensemble Society“, of which Tanaka was a member. Currently TPC is is run by Association for Promoting Choral Music, and is based in Dai-ichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo and Izumi Hall in Osaka. It performs 200 concerts a year, including regular concerts.
In addition, it engages in various musical activities such as teaching at elementary/junior high schools, commercial messages and TV programs, overseas performances, and commissions to compose choral songs as well as their first performances. Some of their most notable works are “Symphonic Poem “Himeji”/“Sumidagawa,” “Suite “Kisetsu e no Manazashi,” “Watashi no Negai”/ “Musei Doukoku,” and “Shinano no Minwa ni yoru Mittsu no Ballad”. With Yuki they performed chorus from various soundtracks like Xenosaga Episode II and III, Tsubasa Chronicle, El Cazador de la Bruja, Shin Hokuto on Ken, Kara no Kyoukai, Pandora Hearts, Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online and in Yuki’s solo album “Fiction”.
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Hanae Tomaru is a soprano singer and member of the a capella group, Ensemble Planeta. With Yuki, she sang Himeboshi, Mezame and Duran Shoukan from Mai HiME as well as most vocal tracks from the Kara no Kyoukai series. Hanae Tomaru also did vocals in 4 track of the soundtrack for the documentary TV series Rekishi Hiwa Historia, composed by Yuki Kajiura.
Maya was chosen along with Hikaru from an audition of 30,000 participants held by Sony Music Japan and Yuki. In May 2008 the two were confirmed as the final members of Kalafina. Maya performed along with the three others in sprinter from the single sprinter/ARIA that was released on July 30, 2008. One day later, Kalafina performed the opening act of Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol#2, singing oblivious, Kizuato, ARIA, and sprinter. However, Maya was absent from the two subsequent singles, fairytale and Lacrimosa. In May 2009, Sony officially announced that Maya would no longer be participating in Kalafina, which continued as a three-person group.
The youngest vocalist who collaborated with Yuki, Sara sings with Mihoko Kondo Endless Sky, the 6th ending theme of the TV live-action drama Negima! Magister Negi Magi composed by Yuki, wherein she played the role of Asuna Kagurazaka.
Akiko is a Japanese singer-songwriter who is best know for her contributions to
various anime and videogames. . Akiko gone to America in her childhood and early teen years to study at the Summer music school. In highschool she studied vocal music and opera, and later majored in opera at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. Before her debut Akiko sang Lost Home and Main Theme of the movie Rainbow, both songs composed by Yuki Kajiura. The two songs were first released in 1998 in the release DNA PRESENTS RAINBOW, and later in 2010 in Kajiura’s The Works for Soundtrack. Later she debuted as KOKIA first with Pony Canyon in 1998 with the single “For Little Tail”, and then continuing in Victor Entertainment. She created her stage name by reversing the syllables of her birth name, “Akiko”.