YOSHIKI is a composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the rock group X Japan. YOSHIKI was named “one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history” by Consequence of Sound and is described by Billboard Magazine as “a musical innovator”.
His worldwide projects include a song dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the Emperor of Japan’s reign, the official theme song for the Aichi World Expo, Hollywood film soundtracks, and the official theme song for the prestigious Golden Globe Awards. Led by YOSHIKI, X Japan has sold over 30 million albums and singles, and has sold out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times. He was the first Asian musician to perform at the world’s greatest music halls including Madison Square Garden, Wembley Arena, and a solo performance at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to his music activities, he is also a fashion icon as the designer of his high-fashion kimono brand YOSHIKIMONO and the first Japanese male to appear on the cover of Vogue Japan. In 2021, Baccarat selected YOSHIKI to design a Harcourt glass in celebration of its 180th anniversary. He is also the founder of Yoshiki Foundation America, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit organization, and has long been committed to philanthropy. In 2022, YOSHIKI formed a business partnership with Coca-Cola Japan to launch the energy drinks Real Gold X and Real Gold Y.
As the leader of the chart-topping rock band X JAPAN, YOSHIKI plays the piano and drums. X JAPAN has sold-out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times. The band performed at Madison Square Garden, the mecca for Rock and Roll in the U.S., in 2014. They performed at Wembley Arena in the U.K. in 2017, and in April 2018, they headlined the Coachella Music Festival, one of the largest outdoor festivals in the world.
The Hollywood-produced documentary WE ARE X, which examines the band's epic story, has been released in theaters in more than 30 countries, was nominated for awards at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW FilmFestival, and has been screened at more than 30 international film festivals. The film began streaming exclusively in the U.S. on Amazon Prime Video in 2022.
Yoshiki: Live at Carnegie Hall is currently streaming on PBS, the U.S.'s largest public broadcasting network. YOSHIKI has composed many renowned classical works, including the commemorative song for the 10th anniversary of the Emperor of Japan's reign, the official theme song for the Aichi World Expo, and the official theme song for the Golden Globe Awards. YOSHIKI has performed sold-out solo shows at Carnegie Hall, and the recorded special
YOSHIKI has also collaborated with world-renowned soprano Sarah Brightman on the classical chart-topping song "Miracle" and was invited as a special guest on her world tour.