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Kōchi, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan (1986 – present)

Nobuo Uematsu (植松伸夫 Uematsu Nobuo) (born March 21, 1959) is a Japanese composer of video game music. He is best known for his work with game developer Squaresoft (now Square Enix), having provided scores for a majority of installments of Square’s Final Fantasy series of role-playing games. Uematsu’s body of work - composed, in its entirety, on keyboards - is known for its distinct eclecticism, and has secured his status as one of the most popular and beloved composers of video game music in the world.

Nobuo Uematsu was born in Kōchi, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. A self-taught musician, he began to play the piano when he was eleven or twelve years old, and he did not take any formal piano lessons. After graduating from Kanagawa University, Uematsu played the keyboard in several amateur bands and composed music for television commercials.

When Uematsu was working at a music rental shop in Tokyo, a Square employee asked if he would be interested in creating music for some of the titles they were working on. Although he agreed, Uematsu considered it a side job, and he did not think it would become a full-time career. He said it was a way to make some money on the side, while also keeping his part-time job at the music rental shop. His first score for Square was Cruise Chaser Blassty, released in 1986.

Uematsu enjoyed massive commercial success with the song “Eyes on Me” performed by 王菲 and featured in Final Fantasy VIII. The single sold 400,000 copies, a record for a video game song, and won the “Song of the Year” award at the 1999 Japan Gold Disc Awards.


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  • DarkBassist

    Grandmaster Mister Uematsu

    7 hours ago Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    the new Mozart

    28 Mar 2:55am Reply
  • WarriorJones

    Nearing 30 years of sweet, beautiful music. Here's to 30+ more!

    25 Mar 6:48pm Reply
  • sora_usagi

    Happy Birthday to the king of video game music!!

    22 Mar 11:48am Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    Happy birthday, Uematsu-san!

    21 Mar 12:15am Reply
  • MeuzicAddict


    20 Mar 7:43pm Reply
  • laurent22300

    Why is his name written in kanji here? I know that's his name but most people, including myself, have no clue about kanjis. Why not put him under "Nobuo Uematsu"?

    19 Mar 2:33pm Reply
  • Lyrici17

    That's a totally fair reason. That being said, you should play V and VI immediately! I'd start with VI, but it's my favorite, so I am biased.

    10 Mar 2:48am Reply
  • PP667


    25 Feb 2:57pm Reply
  • iZZidane

    @hotdog963al: Well I've never played V and VI

    25 Feb 3:54am Reply
  • tyrique12

    Why leave out V and VI? ;) <--- Tbh VI is the *only* OST I'd call flawless.

    23 Feb 4:42pm Reply
  • Shinzaru

    FFV ost <3

    17 Feb 4:57pm Reply
  • IgorMota

    I want a game that features both Uematsu and Mitsuda scores again. Is this aking too much?

    30 Jan 10:17pm Reply
  • Keolia

    The Piano Collections series is just lovely.

    14 Jan 11:21am Reply
  • UNITY_fm

    @Xcava86X: Tagging does not mean to use only musical genres. Apart from that, "video game music" is a legitimate tag because that's what Uematsu does: Composing music for video games...

    4 Jan 10:10pm Reply
  • Elintasokas

    Lost Odyssey soundtrack is amazing.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • oohsehun

    He's a God [5]

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Luniekyu

    He's a God [4]

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Xcava86X

    Tag him properly: Instrumental. Not wrong tags such as "video game music soundtrack final fantasy japanese game music" these tags are plain wrong, they're not musical genres but categories.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • hotdog963al

    Why leave out V and VI? ;)

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
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