Hijiri Kuwano (桑野聖 Kuwano Hijiri, born February 12, 1964) is a Japanese violinist, composer and arranger.
Hijiri began taking violin lessons at age 6 and studied under Yonosuke Ishii, Shizuko Ishii and Chikashi Tanaka. While attending Tokyo University of the Arts, he performed as a guest concert master at Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.
Before graduating from the university, he became interested in playing non-classical music and started performing with Toshihito Nakanishi, who inspired him in many ways. Hijiri also started his career as a composer when he produced an album published together with a photobook by Kenji Ishikawa, Moonlight Blue. Hijiri handled string arrangements for albums and movies for Kome Kome Club and started his career as an arranger as well.
Hijiri worked on recordings, concerts with various artists, movies and video games as a soloist and with "Hijiri Kuwano strings group". He is credited in Whisper of the Heart, Shall We Dance, Nobody Knows, Kind of Love, Melody of Oblivion, Good Luck Girl!, Final Fantasy XIII and numerous other productions as a performer, composer and arranger.
He is also known as an original violin player for the battle theme "Blinded by Light" in Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII (composed by Masashi Hamauzu). He works closely with Hamauzu and Imeruat (Masashi Hamauzu and Mina) as a supporting artist. He toured with Imeruat to Europe and Hong Kong and performed several pieces on "α" Clock: World Time, Sony Global website (composed by Masashi Hamauzu).
- Fiddler's Philosophy（東方聞弦録), solo album）
- "Moonlight Blue" = Gekkōyoku (月光浴), concept album with the photographer Kenji Ishikawa
- TBS Animation "Melody of Oblivion" (忘却の旋律) soundtrack
- Nippon TV drama "Cinderella never sleeps" (シンデレラは眠らない) soundtrack
- "Interview with Hijiri Kuwano" (in Japanese). Crypton Future Media. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- Website about the book/DVD. (in Japanese)
- "Kome Kome Club – Decade". discogs.com. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Whisper of the Heart soundtrack" (in Japanese). discogs.com. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "TBS Melody of Oblivion Staff" (in Japanese). TBS. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Lightning Returns FFXIII: Lightning Returns FFXIII" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "Hijiri Kuwano Discography: Hijiri Kuwano Discography". The Music of Visual art and games. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "「α CLOCK」の楽曲の演奏会について" (in Japanese). Sony. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- "シンデレラは眠らないCinderella never sleeps" (in Japanese). TV Drama Database. Retrieved 13 April 2014.