BWW TV: Watch Highlights of Yoshiki With the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
Yoshiki, songwriter, drummer/percussionist, classically-trained pianist and the creative force of the rock group X JAPAN, performed "Yoshiki Classical Special featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra" on January 12 and 13, 2017 at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. Check out a first look at highlights below!
For the Carnegie Hall concert, Yoshiki performed his original compositions alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic as well as several works from the traditional Classical repertoire. This New York concert follows Classical performances also taking place in Japan and Hong Kong.
His album, YOSHIKI CLASSICAL debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world. The album featured performances by Yoshiki as both the composer and pianist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. Produced by Yoshiki, the album features two songs that were produced by the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin.
Yoshiki's classical concerts in 2014 earned him standing ovations and sold out shows in over 10 countries as he performed classical versions of X JAPAN songs and popular rock tracks with a string sextet live on stage, as well as some traditional Classical pieces.
Several of Yoshiki's compositions for piano and orchestra have entranced massive audiences, in Japan and around the world. Yoshiki composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan's reign in 1999. In 2012, Yoshiki composed the official theme song for the Golden Globes®. In 2015, he composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo.
X JAPAN has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined--captivating such a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor--and pioneered a spectacle-driven style of visual rock, creating a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon. The group is currently laying down tracks in a Los Angeles studio for their as-yet-untitled album, which is due for a worldwide release in early 2017.