Takashi Niigaki

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Takashi Niigaki
Native name
新垣 隆 (にいがき たかし)
Born (1970-09-01) 1 September 1970 (age 48)
Websiteofficial website

Takashi Niigaki (新垣 隆, Niigaki Takashi, born 1 September 1970) is a Japanese composer.


Takashi Niigaki was born in Tokyo. He[1] is a Japanese composer and music teacher who served as the orchestrator and ghostwriter for Mamoru Samuragochi for 18 years, composing musical works that included the soundtracks for Resident Evil: Director's Cut Dual Shock Ver. and Onimusha: Warlords. He also composed "Hiroshima Symphony No 1", previously credited to Samuragochi until February 2014, when Niigaki publicly revealed that he was the real composer.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


On 5 February 2014, Niigaki publicly revealed that he was the ghostwriter behind most of the music previously attributed to Mamoru Samuragochi since 1996.[9][10] Niigaki went to the press because one of Samuragochi's claimed compositions would be used by Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi, at the then upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.[11]


The works below were formerly credited to Mamoru Samuragochi, but were later identified as having been composed by Niigaki.

  • No. 1 symphony "Hiroshima" (2003)[12]
  • Sonatina for Violin[12]

Completed in 2003, "Hiroshima" was first played at a concert held to commemorate the meeting of the Group of Eight leaders in Hiroshima in 2008.[12] It was released on CD in 2011 as part of the Nippon Columbia record label's 100th anniversary celebrations.[13]

Movie soundtracks[edit]

Video game soundtracks[edit]


  1. ^ 新垣氏激白!佐村河内氏の耳不自由でない「録音聞きコメント」 (in Japanese). sanspo.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Mamoru Samuragochi exposed as a fraud, may not be deaf - CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. 2014-02-06. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  3. ^ "Ghost composer Takashi Niigaki claims 'Japan's Beethoven' Mamoru Samuragochi not even deaf - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 2014-02-06. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  4. ^ "BBC News - 'Japanese Beethoven' admits he is a fraud". Bbc.co.uk. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  5. ^ Fackler, Martin (6 February 2014). "In Japan, a Beloved Deaf Composer Appears to Be None of the Above". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  6. ^ Chayka, Kyle (2014-02-06). ""Deaf" Japanese Composer Mamoru Samuragochi Admits He Had Ghostwriter | TIME.com". Newsfeed.time.com. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  7. ^ Fackler, Martin (11 February 2014). "Japanese Composer Says His Hearing Loss Is Partly Faked". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  8. ^ "BBC News - 'Japan's Beethoven' admits he 'regained hearing'". Bbc.co.uk. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
  9. ^ "Japanese composer Momoru Samuragochi admits to musical fraud". CBC News. CBC. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Uproar as 'Japanese Beethoven' Mamoru Samuragochi exposed as a fraud". CNN. Cable News Network. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  11. ^ Fackler, Martin (6 February 2014). "Beloved Deaf Composer in Japan Appears to Be None of the Above". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  12. ^ a b c "Noted deaf composer admits his music was ghostwritten". The Japan Times. Japan. Kyodo. 6 February 2014. p. 1. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Deaf composer pens Hiroshima opus". The Japan Times. Japan. Kyodo. 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 6 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  14. ^ Larimer, Tim (15 September 2001). "Mamuro Samuragouchi: Songs of Silence". Time Magazine. Time Inc. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  15. ^ 秋桜(コスモス) [Cosmos]. MovieWalker (in Japanese). Japan: Kadokawa Corporation. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Composer Mamura Samuragochi angry at news that DVDs of film he scored to be withdrawn from sale" (in Japanese). Japan: Weekly Asahi Geinō. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2018.CS1 maint: Date and year (link)