Hiroyuki Sawano is a Japanese composer, pianist, and lyricist. He is best known for his vocal song project "SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]" under which he has released many songs that have been used in several anime series, films, and TV shows. His most notable projects include the anime series ‘Attack on Titan’, 'Zombie-Loan', 'Aldnoah.Zero', and 'Seraph of the End'. Born in Tokyo, Sawano was first introduced to music in elementary school where he began playing the piano. At the age of 17, he started studying orchestration, composition, and piano under Nobuchika Tsuboi. Sawano made a professional start in 2004, earning initial recognition for lending a soundtrack to the animated drama 'Team Medical Dragon'. His career has thrived over the years, and he currently has many exciting future projects under his belt. On a personal note, the talented musician is quite a reserved person. However, he likes connecting with his fans on social media.
Hiroyuki Sawano started his career as a composer in 2004. He first came to the limelight in 2006 when he composed a soundtrack for the Japanese animated series 'Team Medical Dragon'. That year, he also served as a composer and arranger on the TV series ‘Garo’ and the movie 'Catch a Wave,' for which he composed a track in collaboration with DEPAPEPE. Then in 2007, Sawano contributed to Yoshiie Gouda’s manga series 'Happily Ever After' as well as the anime ‘Zombie-Loan’. This was followed by his contribution as a composer to 'Maō,' which is a Japanese remake of the Korean drama ‘The Devil’.
On July 7, 2009, Hiroyuki Sawano released the original album 'Musica' under the label Universal Sigma. A year later, he began working as a lyricist, composer, and arranger of a few theme songs for the anime work ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn’. The following year, he contributed as a composer to the anime works ‘Blue Exorcist’, ‘Sengoku Basara: The Last Party’, and ‘Guilty Crown’.
In 2013, the artiste’s career rose to new heights when he composed for the super successful manga series ‘Attack on Titan’. Illustrated and written by Hajime Isayama, the series had 90 million tankōbon copies in print worldwide as of April 2019. It has won numerous awards, including Harvey Award, Kodansha Manga Award, and Micheluzzi Award. In 2014, Sawano launched a new vocal song project titled "SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]", producing his collaborative album ‘UnChild’ with Aimer. Then in 2015, he came up with his debut studio album 'o1' that featured the singles "&Z," "X.U.,” and “scaPEGoat". That year, he also released the compilation albums ‘Best of Vocal Works (nZk)’ and ‘Best of Soundtrack (emU)’.
In April 2017, Sawano's vocal song project moved to the record label Sacra Music under Sony Music Entertainment Japan. In September, he released his second full-length album '2V-ALK,' featuring performers Tielle, Gemie, Aimer, Yosh, and Eliana. His single ‘gravityWall/shØut’ was used as a theme song for the anime series ‘Re:Creators.’
In 2018, the musician served as a composer and arranger of the opening theme song of the video game ‘Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri -Ran- Hajimaru Michiato’. In March 2019, he released another album under Sacra Music, titled ‘R∃/MEMBER’. The same year, he worked as the theme song composer for the video games 'Blue Exorcist: Damned Chord' and 'League of Legends'.
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Family & Personal Life
Hiroyuki Sawano was born September 12, 1980, in Tokyo, Japan. He hasn’t revealed any details regarding his personal life to the media.