Otomo Yoshihide is a Japanese composer and multiinstrumentalist. He first came to international prominence in the 1990s as the leader of the experimental rock group Ground Zero, and has since worked in a variety of contexts, ranging from free improvisation to noise, jazz, avantgarde and contemporary classical. He is also a pioneering figure in the EAIscene, and is featured on important records on labels like Erstwhile Records. He has composed music for many films, television dramas, and commercials. He plays guitar, turntables, and electronics.
Otomo was born in Yokohama in 1959, but due to his fathers job, moved to Fukushima when he was nine years old. In high school, he frequented jazz cafs and started his own band. After entering university, he began studying under the improvisational jazz guitarist, Masayuki Takayanagi. He began performing around the world and released his first album in 1991 in Hong Kong. It was when the music he composed for a 1994 Hong Kong film was well received at the Cannes Film Festival that he also began to work as a composer.