11 Apr 2010 - Masashi Hamauzu Arranges for Symphonic Legends
On September 23, Symphonic Legends will celebrate the music of Nintendo with a special concert at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall. SEMO can exclusively reveal that Final Fantasy XIII's composer Masashi Hamauzu is serving as a guest arranger for the concert. Previously it was announced that Jonne Valtonen will serve as the main arranger for the event and Imagine's Shiro Hamaguchi and Hayato Matsuo will assist as co-arrangers.
Currently, it is unclear what item Hamauzu will arrange for the concert. However, we can confirm that his arrangement will feature the virtuosic pianist Benyamin Nuss. Often acclaimed as game music's finest piano arranger, Hamauzu has previously worked on esteemed productions such as the Final Fantasy X Piano Collections, Piano Pieces "SF2", and the Sailing to the World Piano Pieces. The producer Thomas Boecker recognised his exquisite writing on these albums and asked Hamauzu to produce a piano-based arrangement dedicated to Nintendo.
Hamauzu has previously worked with producer Thomas Boecker on several other productions. He recorded his solo album Vielen Dank in Munich, where Boecker served as production coordinator. He also served as a special guest at the Fifth Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig during 2007, where two selections from his album were performed. The composer recently left Square Enix after 15 years in mysterious circumstances. He is also currently arranging the Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack Plus.