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Joe Hisaishi with the SSO in Concert

The world-renowned Japanese composer-conductor Joe Hisaishi makes his impressive first appearance in Singapore in 2020!

Joe Hisaishi is the musical mastermind behind the score of numerous films, this symphonic concert celebrates his long and fruitful collaboration with the master of animated cinema, Hayao Miyazaki.

Concert Program:

The East Land Symphony
mládí for Piano and Strings:
I. Summer
III. Kid's Return
Symphonic Suite Castle in the Sky
* Program Subject to Change

The Guest Soprano: Jennifer Lien


Start Sales Date

Priority sales for SSO Friends Season Pass
1 Sep 2019, 9am - 20 Sep 2019, 11.59pm

Public Sales

Internet :
21 Sep 2019, 9am

Public Sales
Other channels :
21 Sep 2019, 10am


Approximately 2 hours

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Rating/ Age Limit

  • Children must be age 6 and above to be admitted into the hall.
  • Children under 6 will not be admitted into the hall, even with a ticket.
  • Please bring along proof of child’s age, such as a student concession pass, as random checks may be conducted at the venue.   
  • Parents or guardians of children admitted are strongly encouraged to purchase aisle seats.
  • We reserve the right to ask parents to bring children out of the hall should they be disruptive during the performance.
  • No admission without a ticket.

Late Seating

  • You are strongly advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
  • Latecomers will only be admitted at appropriate pauses during the show or during intermission, if any. 

Photography/ Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.

Through Internet
10% Discount for Gold & Friends Season Pass holders.
[ Verification: enter password online, do note that the SSO Friends Season Pass cannot be used to redeem tickets for this concert. ]

[ Valid for Cat 1 - Cat 5 ]
[ Valid from 1 Sep - 20 Sep 2019 ]

Through All SISTIC Channels
10% Discount for Child (7 - 12 years old), Senior Citizens (55 years old & above) & NSFs.
NSF personnel with valid SAF 11B (Military IC)
Concession tickets are non-transferable. Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry.
Patrons unable to present proof of eligibility are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets.
[ Valid from 21 Sep 2019 onwards ]
[ Valid for Cat 1 - Cat 5 ]

Joe Hisaishi


Joe Hisaishi was born in Nagano, Japan. He started to show his interest in minimal music when he was a student at Kunitachi College of Music, and started his career as a modern music composer. Presentation of “MKWAJU” in 1981 and the release of his first album “Information” in the following year was the kickoff of his career as a solo artist. Since his debut, he has released nearly 40 solo albums, including “Minima_Rhythm”(2009), “Melodyphony”(2010) and the latest solo album “Symphonic Suite Castle in the Sky”(2018).

Starting with “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” (1984), Hisaishi has produced music for 10 Hayao Miyazaki films. He also composed the music for “HANA-BI”(1998) directed by Takeshi Kitano, “Departures”(2008) directed by Yojiro Takita, “Villain”(2010) directed by Sang-il Lee, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”(2013) directed by Isao Takahata, “What A Wonderful Familly!”series(2016/2017/2018) directed by Yoji Yamada. He has collaborated on the music production of nearly 80 films at home and abroad. His works have won many awards including several the Best Music Score of Japan Academy Film Prize, “Spirited Away” (won the Outstanding Music in an Animated Feature Production at the 30th Annie Awards), Korean film “Welcome to Dongmakgol” (won the Best Original Film Music Award of the 4th Korean Film Award) and Chinese film “The Postmodern Life of My Aunt” (won the Best Original Film Score of the 27th Hong Kong Film Award).

In 2001, he made his debut as a film director with “Quartet”, taking charge of the theme music and co-writing the script. The film was officially invited for the World Competition section of the Montreal World Film Festival. 

In May 2004 at Cannes International Film Festival, Hisaishi became the first Japanese musician who conducted an orchestra, performing “The General” (representative work of Buster Keaton) at the film concert. In July 2004, he assumed a music director of New Japan Philharmonic “World Dream Orchestra”. At the concert “Joe Hisaishi in Budokan” held in August 2008, he made sensational accomplishment by leading a large group of orchestra, choirs and marching bands totaling 1,200 musicians while himself conducting and playing piano. Since 2017, he also starts to present world tour “Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki” (visiting Paris, Melbourne, San Jose, Los Angeles and New York).

In September 2014, he has been working as a producer and conductor, and holding contemporary music concerts called “JOE HISAISHI presents MUSIC FUTURE”, which concert series earned him enormous popularity and records as a live album.

In 2009, he received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon by the government of Japan. Hisaishi serves as an Invited Professor at Kunitachi College of Music. Some of his most recent works including “Contrabass Concerto”(2015), “TRI-AD for Large Orchestra”(2016) and “The East Land Symphony”(2016). His unique inputs to the concerts as a contemporary musical composer is highly appreciated and his continuous enthusiasm for musical activities that go beyond ordinary creative work is anticipated worldwide. www.joehisaishi.com


Event Date
Fri, 21 - Sat, 22 Feb 2020


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$398, S$368, S$338, S$298, S$268, S$238, S$198, S$168, S$138, S$98

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