Famous Keyboard Players from Japan

List of notable or famous keyboard players from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top keyboard players born in Japan and even some popular keyboard players who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese keyboard players then this list is the perfect resource for you. These keyboard players are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known keyboard player from Japan is included when available.

List includes Keiko Matsui, Akira Yamaoka, more.

This historic keyboard players from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese keyboard players of note?" and "Who are the most famous keyboard players from Japan?" These prominent keyboard players of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese keyboard players.

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  • Akiko Yano (矢野 顕子, Yano Akiko, born Akiko Suzuki (鈴木 顕子 Suzuki Akiko); February 13, 1955) is a Japanese pop and jazz musician and singer born in Tokyo and raised in Aomori and later began her singing career in the mid-1970s. Her vocals and singing style have been compared to British singer Kate Bush.She has recorded with Yellow Magic Orchestra and its members Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, as well as with Swing Out Sister, Pat Metheny, The Chieftains, Lyle Mays, members of Little Feat, David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Kenji Omura, Gil Goldstein, Toninho Horta, Mino Cinelu, Jeff Bova, Charlie Haden, Peter Erskine, Anthony Jackson, David Rhodes, Bill Frisell, Thomas Dolby, ...more
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Akira Yamaoka (山岡 晃, Yamaoka Akira, born February 6, 1968) is a Japanese video game music composer, sound designer, guitarist, and producer, best known for composing various games in the Silent Hill series by Konami. He also once worked as a producer on the series, as well as serving as a composer and producer of the Silent Hill film and its sequel. Since 2010, he has been the sound director at Grasshopper Manufacture.
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Niigata, Japan
  • AQi Fzono
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    AQi Fzono is a Japanese composer, synthesizer musician and electronic music artist. The translunary and hybrid sound of his synthesizer/electronic music that fuses trance, techno, ambient, progressive rock and classical music, and his spacey and vast-scaled instrumental electronic music album series that project a visual atmosphere has an international following. He is also known as an innovator of groundbreaking musical methodologies "Synthesizer Symphony" that links "Symphobient", "Symphonic techno", and "Sci-fi music". Also known as one of the pioneering few of trance music in Asia.
    • Age: 53
  • Daisuke Asakura
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    Daisuke Asakura (浅倉 大介, Asakura Daisuke, born November 4, 1967) is a Japanese musician, songwriter and producer who is known for his compositional work and skill at the keyboards.
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Keiko Matsui
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    Keiko Matsui (松居 慶子, Matsui Keiko, born 26 July 1961, as Keiko Doi), is a Japanese keyboardist and composer, specializing in smooth jazz and New-age music.
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Kenichiro Fukui (福井 健一郎, Fukui Ken'ichirō) is a Japanese video game composer and electronic musician. Before working at Square Enix, he was employed at Konami. He was also an arranger and a keyboardist in the band The Black Mages. Additionally, Fukui arranged Angela Aki's "Kiss Me Good-Bye" from Final Fantasy XII. In October 2007, he left Square Enix to become a lecturer, although he continued to work with The Black Mages until the band dissolved in 2010, and continued to do freelance work with video games. His Konami Kukeiha Club nickname was "Funiki Fukui". He currently lives in Yokohama, Japan.
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan