Otakon Hosts Final Fantasy XII Composer, Eminence Show
posted on by Mikhail Koulikov
Otakon 2007 has announced that acclaimed video game and anime composer Hitoshi Sakimoto and the string quintet from the international Eminence Symphony Orchestra will be guests at the July 20-22 event at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. Eminence's quintet will perform selections from various video games and anime, including a reprisal of its soundtrack work on Sakimoto's Romeo × Juliet.
Sakimoto is best known for composing the scores to Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, and Final Fantasy XII. He also wrote the music for Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix - Layla Hamilton Story OVA and Gonzo's recent Romeo × Juliet series. Sakimoto's English-language website hosts a list of video games for which he composed since his debut in 1988.
Accompanying Sakimoto to Otakon are five members of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra who performed on Sakimoto's Romeo × Juliet soundtrack. The members include Eminence founder and renowned violist Hiroaki Yura. The quintet will perform passages, with all-new arrangements, from the .hack series, Gundam Seed, Princess Mononoke, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Noir, My Neighbor Totoro, Chrono Cross, Xenosaga, and Romeo × Juliet. Eminence's "Destiny: Reunion" concert at Otakon will be a reprise of its "Destiny" concerts in Sydney, Australia and Tokyo, Japan.