Yoshiki, Asia’s top music artist during a performance. Image courtesy of Otakon
BALTIMORE— In 2010 when Yoshiki appeared at Otakon with Sugizo, he gave a rousing performance. So impressed was the audience with his performance that they kept asking for more. Now they have their wish. When Otakon opens on August 8 at the Baltimore Convention Center, audience will have the opportunity to enjoy Yoshiki’s music. The multi-talented founder of X-Japan has been scheduled for a proper full concert performance during the Otakon Sunday Concert. A special performance, Yoshiki, considered Asia’s top music artist will perform a show based on his Yoshiki Classical World Tour.
Considered to be one of Asia’s most influential musical artists and the biggest rock icon, Yoshiki is delighted to share his new collection of compositions entitled Yoshiki Classical with fans around the world. Released worldwide in the fall of 2013, the Yoshiki Classical has been well received by a global audience. At the core of the new album is Yoshiki’s outstanding ability that has made him Asia’s top music artist. The album was the result of collaborations between Yoshiki and legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Quartet San Francisco.
Since its release, the album has continued to receive accolades from Yoshiki Classical debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world and also saw a Top 10 debut in 4 countries. Along with Billboard Magazine, MTV, Reuters and AOL, Classic FM applauds Yoshiki Classical as an “enlightening exploration of one musical auteur’s quest to turn his music into something more than a series of rock ballads.” Pianist Magazine went on to say Yoshiki Classical is a “true labor of love from a talented artist who’s made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres.”
Although known as the founder of Japan’s biggest rock band “X Japan”, and is credited as the catalyst for the flamboyant visual-kei rock sub-genre, Yoshiki is a world-renowned classically trained multiinstrumentalist/composer/musician. “X Japan” has sold more than 30 million singles and albums combined, along with several sold-out world tours, including selling out the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome, a record 18 times.
Yoshiki’s talent has made him a top music artist celebrated around the globe. The 2012 Golden Globe Awards theme song which he composed is available in 111 countries. Yoshiki has also composed and performed an orchestral piece/piano concerto to commemorate the Japanese Emperor’s 10th anniversary of his reign, along with the theme for the World Expo held in Japan.
Beyond music, Yoshiki has been celebrated in many unique ways. Only highlighting a few; Marvel Comic legend Stan Lee created the music superhero comic book series “Blood Red Dragon” based on Yoshiki. Madame Tussaud created and unveiled the Yoshiki wax figure. Additionally, Yoshiki has his own clothing and jewelry line, not to mention his own branded Yoshiki VISA Card and a line of wine called “Y by Yoshiki”. For the first time in history, a Hello Kitty product line was named after a person – Yoshikitty. And in December 2013, Yoshiki launched his very own YOSHIKI special edition headphone.
In a performance in Moscow, Yoshiki thrilled a hall full of young and old audience. There was crying, cheering and singing. Emotion flowed and people sang his praise. Video-YouTube.