Koji Kondo

Koji Kondo's biography

Koji Kondo

Koji Kondo (1961-) is a Japanese video game composer best known for his work on the Mario and Legend of Zelda series

  • Koji Kondo was born in Nagoya, Japan and started learning the electronic organ at the age of five.
  • He studied at the Art Planning Department of Osaka University of Arts
  • He began working for Nintendo in 1984 and the first game he worked on was Punch-Out
  • In 1985 he wrote the music for Super Mario Bros and in 1986, he composed the music for The Legend of Zelda
  • His music for Super Mario Bros is credited with kick-starting a revolution in video game music
  • Kondo originally wanted to reduce and rescore Ravel's Boléro for the main score of Zelda. At the last minute he discovered the music was still in copyright. So, the story goes, he wrote the main theme in just one day