Artist Spotlight: Hiroshi Yoshimura

Hiroshi Yoshimura was a Japanese composer, producer, and performer who was born on November 6th, 1945 in Kyoto, Japan. He was widely regarded as one of the pioneers of ambient music in Japan and was known for his minimalist and atmospheric compositions.

Yoshimura began playing the piano at a young age and went on to study music at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. After graduating, he worked as a composer for film, television, and commercials. He was particularly interested in creating music that was both calming and contemplative, and was inspired by the work of European composers such as Erik Satie and Steve Reich.

In 1980, Yoshimura released his first solo album, “Music for Nine Post Cards,” which was comprised of nine minimalist instrumental pieces that evoked a sense of serenity and stillness. The album was widely acclaimed and helped to establish Yoshimura as a pioneering figure in Japanese ambient music. He went on to release several other critically acclaimed albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including “Green,” “Creek,” and “Environmental Music.”

Yoshimura’s music was characterized by its use of repetitive piano melodies, soft synth washes, and subtle environmental sounds, which combined to create a serene and tranquil atmosphere. He was known for his minimalist and understated approach to composition, which allowed the listener to focus on the musical ideas and textures.

In addition to his work as a composer, Yoshimura was also an accomplished producer and performer. He produced albums for other artists and collaborated with musicians from a variety of genres, including jazz, rock, and pop. He was also known for his live performances, which often incorporated elements of ambient and experimental music.

Hiroshi Yoshimura passed away in 2003 at the age of 57. Despite his relatively short career, he was widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Japanese ambient music and had a profound influence on the genre. His music continues to be celebrated and his legacy continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans.

Studio albums:

  1. “Music for Nine Post Cards” (1980)
  2. “Green” (1986)
  3. “Creek” (1986)
  4. “Environmental Music” (1987)
  5. “Soundscape 1: Pier & Loft” (1987)
  6. “Soundscape 2: At The Foot Of Mt. Fiji” (1987)
  7. “Soundscape 3: Sea & Pine” (1987)
  8. “Soundscape 4: Wish” (1987)
  9. “Watering a Flower” (1991)
  10. “Pikachu’s Summer Vacation” (1999)

Compilation albums:

  1. “Watering a Flower: Ambient Soundscapes 1980–1990” (2011)
  2. “Watering a Flower & Soundscape 1-4” (2011)
  3. “A Day in the Garden” (2017)

Live albums:

  1. “Music For Commercials” (1987)


  1. “A Round Trip” (1981)
  2. “Ongaku Zukan” (1982)
  3. “Sea & Pine” (1982)

Note: This list may not be comprehensive and may not include all of Hiroshi Yoshimura’s releases.

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