Music

New Japan Philharmonic

Formed 1972.

Biography

The New Japan Philharmonic (新日本フィルハーモニー交響楽団, Shin Nihon Firuhāmonī Kōkyōgakudan?) is a symphony orchestra based in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1972 with Seiji Ozawa as honorary conductor laureate. The Philharmonic's primary concert venue is the Sumida Triphony Hall. Since 2003, its music director is Christian Arming.

Their video game performances include songs for the Super Smash Bros. Melee orchestral arrangement soundtrack Smashing...Live!, Resident Evil's music in Resident Evil Orchestra, orchestral arrangements by Kaoru Wada for the Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack, the music of Go Shiina from Tales of Legendia, and the first stop, Yokohama, on Final Fantasy's Tour de Japon. On May 6, 2009, the 5th Anniversary Monster Hunter Orchestral Concert took place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

The orchestra is also known for their film soundtrack productions, notably Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, both soundtracks composed, arranged, conducted and performed by Joe Hisaishi; and a number of works for Neon Genesis Evangelion, composed, arranged and conducted by Shirō Sagisu. The orchestra also performed the film score for an English-language animated film, The Brave Little Toaster, composed by David Newman.

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