The man once called “Japan’s Beethoven” apologized to fans and producers in the music industry for faking his deafness and having someone else compose his works for him. Appearing in public for the first time since the scandal broke out last month, 50-year old Mamoru Samuragochi looked remorseful as he addressed his audience.
Samuragochi did not don his trademark sunglasses and long hair in the packed news conference. He apologized for misleading his fans and told reporters that he will make it his “last appearance on TV.” He recognized the work of Takashi Niigaki, who has been ghostwriting for him for the past 18 years. Niigaki recently acknowledged his works were passed off as Samuragochi’s, including the famous “Hiroshima” symphony or Symphony No. 1. He told media present during the press conference that his hearing has been improving for the past three years. However, he still encounters difficulty in understanding some words, which requires him to employ a sign language interpreter during interviews.
Prior to the scandal, Samuragochi has often been praised for prevailing over his disabilities and composing classical music. He was once compared with Beethoven, the deaf German composer, because of this. Samuragochi’s music has been used in different Japanese TV shows, and Olympian Daisuke Takahashi even used one of his works in the recently-concluded Sochi Winter Olympics. Since news broke out that he was not the original composer of his works, sales of music he claimed as his continue to surge.
[via ABC News]