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is a Japanese composer and music producer. She has provided the music for several popular anime series, such as .hackSIGN, Noir, Aquarian Age, Madlax, Gundam SEED, Gundam SEED DESTINY, My-HiME, My-Otome, and one of the Kimagure Orange Road movies (amongst others). Kajiura currently resides in Tokyo.
Due to her father's work, Kajiura lived in West Germany since 1972 and until her middle school years. Her first music piece, which she had written at the age of 7, was a farewell song for her grandmother. After graduating from college (back in Tokyo), she began working as a System Engineering programmer but in 1992, she turned her career around to focus on her activities on music. She admits that it was her father who greatly influenced this decision, for he was a great opera and classical music admirer.
In July of 1992, she made her debut in an all-female trio See-Saw, then consisting of Chiaki Ishikawa (lead vocals), herself (back-up vocals, keyboards) and Yukiko Nishioka. In the following two years, the group released six singles and two albums but in 1995 they temporarily broke up. Nishi...