Takeshi Furukawa

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Takeshi Furukawa

Takeshi Furukawa (古川 毅, Furukawa Takeshi) is a BAFTA-nominated Japanese-American composer and conductor. His works have spanned the concert stage, films, television, video games, and advertising campaigns.[1]

Early life[edit]

Furukawa was born in Tokyo and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles after moving to the United States at the age of three. As a child, he studied the piano, then, later on, the viola. Furukawa was inspired to pursue composition after seeing Jurassic Park and hearing John Williams’ score,[2] and his parents, although non-musical themselves, accorded him to a very privileged music education.[3]


In 2016, Furukawa composed the score for Fumito Ueda’s The Last Guardian. The performance of the soundtrack was conducted by Furukawa with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Trinity Boys Choir, and London Voices, and was recorded at Lyndhurst Hall.[4]


Video games
Year Title Role Awards & Nominations
2010 GoldenEye 007 Composer
2016 The Last Guardian Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor Winner - IGN Award for Best Original Music[5]
Winner - Premio Drago d'Oro for Miglior Colonna Sonora[6]
Nominated - BAFTA Games Award for Music[7]
Nominated - D.I.C.E. Award for Outstanding Original Music Composition[8]
Nominated - IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media[9]
Nominated - SXSW Gaming Awards for Excellence in Musical Score[10]
Year Title Role Awards & Nominations
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Orchestrator
2010 NoNAMES Composer
2011 Bhopali Composer
Year Title Role Awards & Nominations
2004 - 2005 Star Trek: Enterprise Orchestrator
2008 - 2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Composer


  1. ^ "GSA Music" retrieved 24 May 2017
  2. ^ Barder, Ollie. "Takeshi Furukawa On How He Composed The Beautiful Score For 'The Last Guardian'", "Forbes", 30 November 2016
  3. ^ Barder, Ollie. "Takeshi Furukawa On How He Composed The Beautiful Score For 'The Last Guardian'". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  4. ^ Kerr, Chris. “Q&A: Weaving together The Last Guardian’s emotional score”, “Gamasutra”, 8 December 2016
  5. ^ "Best of 2016, Best Original Music", "IGN", retrieved 24 May 2017
  6. ^ "Drago d'Oro 2017"
  7. ^ "British Academy Games Awards Winners in 2017", 8 March 2017
  8. ^ "20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards"
  9. ^ Levy, Dani. "‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Among Film Music Critics Nominees", "Variety", 9 February 2017
  10. ^ "Announcing the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners", 18 March 2017

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