Born in 1952 in Tokyo, he released his first solo album, "Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto," in 1978, and in the same year was a founding member of the Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). He was awarded a BAFTA for the music of Nagisa Oshima's “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence,” and both an Academy Award and a Grammy for the original score of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor.” Committed to peace activities and issues relating to the environment, he created "moreTrees," an organization for the conservation and preservation of forests, and established the Tohoku Youth Orchestra to support and encourage the musical activities of children from prefectures affected by the disaster caused by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Recently he composed the music for Yoji Yamada’s “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant,” and Sang-il Lee's "Rage." In the spring of 2017 he released "async," his first solo album in eight years. The album has been received with universal acclaim around the world.