Kumi Tanioka

Kumi Tanioka

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is a Japanese video game music composer and musician. She is best known for composing the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series.


Early life

Kumi Tanioka was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She studied at the Kobe University. A lover of classical music, she developed her talent as a pianist while listening to Nobuo Uematsu's compositions. After graduating from Kobe University, she joined Square (now Square Enix) as a composer in 1998.


Her first score was the soundtrack to 1998's The Fallen Angels, which she composed along with Masaki Izutani. That same year, she composed her first soundtrack to a game in the Chocobo series, Chocobo's Dungeon 2, along with Yasuhiro Kawakami, Tsuyoshi Sekito, and Kenji Ito. Her second work in the series was also her first solo soundtrack, that of Dice de Chocobo, a video game adaption of a board game. She composed for two other project over the next two years, All Star Pro-Wrestling with Tsuyoshi Sekito and Kenichiro Fukui and Blue Wing Blitz by herself. Her first major composing role came in 2002, when she was one of three composers chosen to write the soundtrack to Final Fantasy XI. Although she did not contribute more than one song to the multiple expansions to the game, during this period she joined The Star Onions, a band made up of Square Enix composers that arranges and performs Final Fantasy XI music. The group has released two albums to date.<ref...
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