Shimomura - Kingdom Hearts
A score that has made a lasting impact on gamers worldwide.
Yoko Shimomura is the world's most famous female video game music composer. Her compositions have become a regular fixture in video game concerts, and music from several of her games have been arranged for solo piano.
Her Kingdom Hearts soundtrack accompanies the main character Sora on his search for friends in various virtual worlds.
Combining two seemingly disparate properties into one cohesive work might sound impossible, but Kingdom Hearts manages to blend easily the intricate stories of developer Square Enix with beloved characters from Disney. Although the main theme comes from Japanese singer Hikaru Utada, it is Shimomura’s work on the score that has made an indelible mark on gamers worldwide.
Creating music that sits alongside Disney classics from Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Shimomura’s themes blend perfectly with the fun and surprising sights on offer.