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Biography

Kenji Ito (伊藤賢治 Itō Kenji) is a video game music composer. He is best known for his work on the SaGa series. In 2001 he left Square Enix to become a freelance artist, but has since continued to collaborate with the company.

Born 5 July 1968 in Tokyo, Ito became interested in music at the early age of 4. By the time he began composing at the age of 10, he had learned to play alto saxophone, clarinet, and piano. During March 1990, Ito was recruited by Square.

His first project was a co-effort between himself and Nobuo Uematsu for the Game Boy title, Final Fantasy Legend II (SaGa 2). Shortly after in 1991, he composed the complete soundtrack for Final Fantasy Adventure (Seiken Densetsu), another Game Boy title. Beginning in 1992, Ito would have the Super Nintendo's 8 channel sound chip to rely on as he began composing music for the SaGa trilogy. This includes all of the music for Romancing SaGa 1, 2, and 3, as well as SaGa Frontier (a PlayStation title).

1997 marks the beginning of several smaller contributions to video game music made by Ito. Two tracks were contributed to Tobal No. 1, as well as the opening and closing themes of Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon. An original vocal track along with some arrangements of Nobuo Uematsu's older works were made by Ito in 1999 for Chocobo Racing. He left Square in 2001 to become a freelance composer. Shortly after, he composed his magnum opus for the dreamcast title, Culdcept II, along with various other works for Dark Chronicle Premium Arrange and Shadow Hearts II.

In 2002, Ito announced that he'd received work from Square again, updating his compositions for Final Fantasy Adventure for its remake on the Game Boy Advance, Sword of Mana. Ito's recent works with Square Enix include the latest SaGa title, Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song-, and Hanjuku Hero 4 ~The 7 Heroes~., as well as upcoming Seiken Densetsu DS: Children of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 4.

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