15 17 Oct '24

Shigeru Umebayashi

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WSAcademy: WSA Honorary Member
Shigeru Umebayashi is an internationally renowned composer who is best known for creating “Yumeji’s Theme” for Wong Kar-wai’s film In the Mood for Love. In addition to collaborating with Wong Kar-wai on 2046, Umebayashi was the music producer and composer for Zhang Yimou’s films House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower.

His work for Bejing Olympic’s official documentary film Dream Weavers: Beijing 2008 won multiple international awards. Two-time Olympic gold medalist in figure skating Yuzuru Hanyu used Umebayashi’s soundtrack for the Japanese film Onmyoji: The Ying Yang Master at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Umebayashi has proven his versatility in world cinema, working with such directors as Hong Kong’s Ronny Yu for Jet Li’s Fearless, Italy’s Roberta Torre for The Dark Sea, Serbia’s Uros Stojanovic for Tears for Sale, England’s Peter Webber for Hannibal Rising, and Welsh director Sharon Maguire for Incendiary.

He also composed music for Tom Ford’s A Single Man, Everardo Gout’s Días de gracia (Days of Grace), winning the Mexican Academy’s Ariel Award for Best Score in 2012, Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna and Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, winning the 2014 Best Composer Award at the 8th Asian Film Awards and the 2014 Best Composer Award at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards with co-composer Nathaniel Méchaly. In 2013 he wrote the score for Marco Simon Puccioni’s Come il vento (Like the Wind) and in 2015, he produced and composed music for Paula Ortiz’s Spanish film La novia, which won the Feroz Award for Best Original Score and was nominated for the Goya Award for Best Original Score.

Recent scores for Chinese production companies include Er Cheng’s The Wasted Times, Gordon Chan’s God of War and Xinyi Zhang’s Miss Puff. He also co-wrote the score for the 4-part Channel 4 drama Chimerica and the Chinese TV series Shang Yang Fu (The Rebel Princess), starring Zhang Ziyi.

In recent years, Umebayashi has also composed music for video games, such as NetEase’s Onmyoji and Sony’s Ghost of Tsushima.

In 2015 Umebayashi was commissioned by famous violinist Gidon Kremer to write The Japanese Four Seasons, a concert work for solo violin, string orchestra and percussion.

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