Hajime Mizoguchi

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Hajime Mizoguchi
Native name 溝口 肇
Born (1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 54)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation(s) Composer, musician
Instruments Cello

Hajime Mizoguchi (溝口 肇 Mizoguchi Hajime?, born April 23, 1960 in Tokyo) is a Japanese cellist and composer.

Mizoguchi started playing piano in 1963, at the age of 3, and the cello in 1971. From 1978–1985 he attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where he majored in violoncello. While at school, he started playing the cello with Japanese pop-singers and working as a studio musician for radio, TV, films, and albums.[citation needed]

In 1982, at the age of 22, he had a serious traffic accident which led to his composing.[citation needed]

In 1986, he released his first album, Half Inch Dessert, being listed as composer, arranger, and performer. From that time on, he has released more than 20 albums including motion picture soundtracks, has performed in many concerts on his own or with ensembles, has been a producer for various musicians, and so on.

His compositions include the soundtrack to the animated feature film Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.[1] In 2006, he composed the music to Tokimeki Memorial Only Love (along with Teruyuki Nobuchika) and the Fuji TV noitamina series Jyu Oh Sei. He composed and plays the opening and ending theme for TV Asahi's series See the World by Train, which has run since 1987.[2]

He was married to composer Yoko Kanno, with whom he collaborated on the soundtracks for Please Save My Earth and Vision of Escaflowne. They divorced in 2007.[citation needed]

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