He began his career as a film composer in the 1970s - at that time still under his birth name Mamorou Fujisawa. His first productions to which he provided the soundtrack were the animated series "Gyatoruzu: The First Human" and "Robot Child Beacon". He found inspiration early on in a wide variety of genres ranging from jazz to electro-pop.
Fujisawa celebrated his breakthrough in the 1980s under his stage name Joe Hisaishi. In 1984, the film "Nausicaa from the Valley of the Winds" marked the beginning of a decade-long collaboration with Hayao Mikazaki for the newly founded Ghibli Studios. Flicks such as "My Neighbour Totoro" (1988), "Princess Mononoke" (1997) and the Oscar-winning masterpiece "Chihiro's Journey to Wonderland" (2003) became major successes. During his performance in the Olympic Hall, selected scenes from the most famous films will now be projected onto a large screen, performed live by the Munich Symphony Orchestra and the singers of the Munich Motet Choir. Haisaishi's daughter Mai Fujisawa, who has released three solo study albums as a singer-songwriter and supported her father as a performer on soundtrack productions, will also be taking part.