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Name : Yuki Kajiura
Name (in Japanese) : 梶浦由記
Birth date : 1965/08/06
 

Biography

 Kajiura Yuki is a Japanese composer, songwriter and musician (keyboards, piano). She writes, composes and arranges music for anime (OST, and generics), but also for moviess, video games, documentaries, other artists, and of course for her !
His style is generally centered around the classic J-pop, New Age. The voices are very present in her work and she use only female singers, even for the choirs.
She is a founding member of the group See-Saw, with the singer Chiaki Ishikawa.
 
She is also the initiator of projects such as FictionJunction (including FictionJunction YUUKA with Yuuka Nanri) and Kalafina. She is also a producer and composer for artists such as Saeko Chiba.
Her most popular OST 's are Black, Aquarian age, .hack//SIGN, Mai hime, Mai otome, Tsubasa chronicles, Kara no kyouki, Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED DESTINY.

Kajiura Yuki was born in Japan but spent much of his childhood in West Germany where her parents were transferred. Her father was fond of opera and classical music and she accompanied him on the piano at seven years old. Yuki wrote her first song, titled “Sayonara Arigato” (Thank you, goodbye), as a farewell to her grandmother, at the same period.
Much later, the formation of See-Saw was her real opportunity to compose. But before that, she was around fifteen years when she returned home and she joined 15 SAND, an amateur group of six high school students, which included the sister of Chiaki Ishikawa, who will join them later on Yuki's request, to replace the singer who left the group. It was the base of the future See-Saw.
It was after a concert in 1992 that Yuki Kajiura, Chiaki Ishikawa and Yukiko Nishioka decided to found See-Saw. Yuki was the main songwriter. They released their first single “Swimmer” in July 1993 and their first album “I have a dream” two months later. In April 1994, Yukiko left See-Saw to become a writer, leaving the group to become a duo. In late 1994, See-Saw released a second self-titled album. From the early 1995 until 2001, See-Saw stops temporarily, the two friends concentrated themselves on their solo careers.

Yuki Kajiura composed her first film soundtracks on “Tokyo kyodai” and “Ruby fruit” in 1995. Then she took her first steps in the animation world in 1996 by making the OST of “Shin Kimagure Orange Road : Sochite Ano Natsuno Hajimari” (the second film by Max & Company) and Eat-Man. In 1998 she performed soundtracks for Sakura Taisen, and Double Cast-Meguri aishite.
Since 2001, she's known at international level.

Since the beginning of her career, Yuki Kajiura is the source of many musical projects in collaboration with various artists.

In 2003, she released her first solo album, Fiction. This album is not really solo, though. It includes the voice of the singer Bindiger, Deb Lyons, Kaori Nishina, Yuri Kasahara and Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch in the Japanese version of the album, which includes 3 extra tracks.

The artist performs a series of concerts in Japan, named “Yuki Kajiura LIVE”, with the recurring presence of FictionJunction, See-Saw and Kalafina.

See-Saw Project:
J-pop group created in 1992.
Members: Yuki Kajiura (author, composer, arranger, keyboard) and Chiaki Ishikawa (vocalist).
Former member : Yukiko Nishioka.

FictionJunction projects:
The project FictionJunction was born at the meeting of Yuki with the singer and voice actress Yuuka Nanri in 2003. This alliance gave birth to the first and most prolific FictionJunction project : FictionJunction YUUKA.
The principle of these projects is to combine the talents of Yuki to those of female vocalists. These associations are involved mainly in Anime music, often openings and endings, which are derived from the singles.
“Everlasting songs”, album released in February 2009 , is a best of gathering all her previous collaborations and some unreleased tracks.

Here a list of the FictionJunction projects :
FictionJunction YUUKA : with Yuuka Nanri
FictionJunction Asuka : with Asuka Kato.
FictionJunction KAORI : with Kaori Oda.
FictionJunction WAKAN: with Wakana Ootaka.
FictionJunction KEIKO : Keiko Kubota with.
FictionJunction Yuriko Kaida : with Yuriko Kaida

Project Kalafina:
Group created in 2007 by Yuki Kajiura under the Sony Music label.
Members: Wakana, Keiko, Hikaru (vocals) and Yuki Kajiura (writer, composer, arrangements).
Former member: Maya.

 

Discography

 

Yuki Kajiura's discography :

 
 

Title

Cover

Type

Realease date

- FictionJunction 2008-2010 – The best of Yuki Kajiura LIVE

No Caption Provided

Album

2010/05/12

- Namae no nai michi

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Single

2008/06/18

- Dream port

No Caption Provided

Album

2008/06/18

- Fantasy sound & reading - The velveteen rabbit

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Album

2004/12/16

- Fiction

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Album

2003/08/06

 

FictionJunction's discography :

 

Title

Cover

Type

Date

- Toki no mukou maboroshi no sora

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Single

2010/01/27

- Parallel Hearts

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Single

2009/04/29

- Everlasting Songs

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Album

2009/02/25

 

FictionJunction YUUKA's discography :

 
 

Title

Cover

Type

Release date

- circus

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Album

2007/07/04

- romanesque

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Single

2007/04/18

- Kouya ruten

No Caption Provided

Single

2006/11/22

- Silly-Go-Round

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Single

2006/05/10

- Destination

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Album

2005/11/23

- Honoo no tobira

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Single

2005/09/22

- Akatsuki no kuruma

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Single

2004/09/22

- Inside your heart

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Single

2004/07/07

- Hitomi no kakera

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Single

2004/05/08

 

See-Saw's discography :

 
 

Title

Cover

Type

Release date

- Early best

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Album

2003/02/21

- Dream field

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Album

2003/02/21

- Kimi ga ita monogatari

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Single

2003/01/23

- Anna ni ishou datta no ni

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Single

2002/10/23

- Edge & tasogare no umi

No Caption Provided

Single

2002/07/24

- Obsession single

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Single

2002/05/22

- Mata aeru kara

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Single

1995/02/01

- See-Saw

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Album

1994/10/26

- Slender chameleon

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Single

1994/09/24

- No make

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Single

1994/08/05

- Chao Tokyo

No Caption Provided

Single

1994/03/24

- I have a dream

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Album

1993/09/26

- Kirai ni naritai

No Caption Provided

Single

1993/09/26

- Swimmer

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Single

1993/07/25

 

Kalafina's discography :

 
 
No Caption Provided

Title

Cover

Type

Release date

- Red moon

No Caption Provided

Album

2010/03/17

- Hikari no senritsu

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Single

2010/01/20

- Progressive

No Caption Provided

Single

2009/10/28

- storia

No Caption Provided

Single

2009/07/01

- Lacrimosa

No Caption Provided

Single

2009/03/04

- Seventh heaven


 
Album
  
2009/03/04

- Fairytale

No Caption Provided

Single

2008/12/24

- Sprinter / ARIA

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Single

2008/07/30

- Re/oblivious

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Album

2008/04/23

- Oblivious

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Single

2008/01/23

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