Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII composer Mitsuto Suzuki held a special performance of his work this week along with Aska Kaneko on the electric violin. The pair performed many of Suzuki’s compositions, including ones that appeared in Final Fantasy XIII-2 and the upcoming Lightning Returns. Along with Masashi Hamauzu and Naoshi Mizuta, the triumvirate of composers have become the musical face of the Final Fantasy XIII series, all with roots in the company’s prior projects.
Suzuki, however, is the newest composer to Square Enix — having formerly worked at Konami as an arranger on the Zone of the Enders series. You’ve heard many of his arrangements in The 4 Heroes of Light: Final Fantasy and Dissidia: Final Fantasy, but it wasn’t until 2010’s The 3rd Birthday when Suzuki got his break as a composer on Square Enix titles. Since then, he has come to permeate and thrive within the Final Fantasy XIII series, giving the latter two titles a very distinct sound that comes his synth hand-in-hand with Aska Kaneko’s electric guitar.
In the video above (starting at about 59 minutes in) Suzuki and Kaneko kick off their live performance with Final Fantasy XIII-2 songs and then lead into tracks from Lightning Returns — and it’s not one to miss!
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII releases on November 21st in Japan, February 11th in North America, and February 14th in Europe. The game will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with a digital version available on PlayStation Network.