Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

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Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Native name
光吉 猛修
Born (1967-12-12) December 12, 1967 (age 51)
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Composer
  • vocalist
  • keyboardist
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsSega Digital Studio
Associated acts

Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (光吉猛修, Mitsuyoshi Takenobu, born December 12, 1967) is a Japanese composer of video game music. He has composed music for various games produced by Sega, including Virtua Fighter 2 and Shenmue.[1]

Mitsuyoshi's name first gained major recognition after the release of Daytona USA, for which he had written all music and personally sang all vocals.[2]

With the arcade games, Derby Owners Club, World Club Champion Football and Star Horse, he also recorded live orchestras.

Aside from original compositions, he also arranges, provides vocals, and is a performer for a variety of projects, including S.S.T from 1988 to 1993, and [H.] from 2004 onwards.



Mitsuyoshi's music from Shenmue was performed live at the first Symphonic Game Music Concert in Leipzig, Germany in 2003. It was the first time that a concert featuring video game music was held outside Japan.[5]

Mitsuyoshi attended the world-premiere of Play! A Video Game Symphony at the Rosemont Theater in Rosemont, Illinois in May 2006. His music from the Shenmue series was performed by a full symphony orchestra. This event drew nearly 4000 attendees.[citation needed]

In 2007, his music from the World Club Champion Football series was presented at the fifth Symphonic Game Music Concert. Takenobu Mitsuyoshi joined the choir during the performance.[5]

For Symphonic Shades – Hülsbeck in Concert in 2008, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi arranged music from Apidya, by German composer Chris Hülsbeck. The event was performed by the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne in Cologne, Germany and marked the first live radio broadcast of a video game music concert.[6]


  1. ^ Jeriaska. "GameSetInterview: Sega's Mitsuyoshi On Giving Voice To Arcade Classics". gamesetwatch.com. p. 1. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Ramos, Jeff (7 July 2010). "Takenobu Mitsuyoshi & Rony Barrak perform "Let's Go Away" from Daytona USA". Gameculturalist.com. p. 1. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Barry the Nomad. "SEGA Amusements reveals Daytona 3 Championship USA plus more details!". SEGAbits. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.smashbros.com/en_US/sound/index.html
  5. ^ a b Symphonic Game Music Concerts, The Concert Programs Archived 2008-12-21 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Symphonic Shades, Symphonic Shades live im Radio

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