FINAL FANTASY XI 10th Anniversary Concert Sneak Preview: Interview w/ Naoshi Mizuta & Kumi Tanioka

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At Vanafest 2012 our intrepid Online Community Team ventured to Japan and in their time there had the opportunity to interview FINAL FANTASY XI Composers: Naoshi Mizuta, and Kumi Tanioka! The duo talk about their time performing and composing the series, and also tell us a bit more about their plans for the upcoming North American FINAL FANTASY XI: 10th Anniversary Concert!

The FINAL FANTASY XI: 10th Anniversary Concert is to be held at the beautiful Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley, California on September 22, 2012! The special event will feature over 70 musicians drawn from the area’s leading orchestras, and be led by conductor Arnie Roth. Attending the event will also be special guests Naoshi Mizuta and Kumi Tanioka who will both be on hand for VIP meet & greet sessions, as well as maybe a few special surprises!

The show promises to be a night to remember, so make sure you purchase your tickets today! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Event Details

When: Evening of September 22, 2012
Where: Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, California
Total Seats Available: 1,865

Ticket Information

Tickets are available on the Zellerbach Auditorium website.

To purchase tickets, please visit the following website:

To order tickets by phone, please call:
(510) 642-9988

Standard Tickets: From $50 to $85 (depending on seating)
VIP Tickets: $150
VIP Meet & Greet ticket holders will be able to meet with the special guests, get autographs and have photo opportunities after the show!

Conductor and Special Guest Details

Arnie Roth — Conductor, Concert Producer
A Grammy-winning artist, Arnie Roth is well known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and Square Enix on „Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,“ „More Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,“ „VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY“. Roth conducts many of the world’s top orchestras including the London Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Sydney Symphony.

Naoshi Mizuta — Composer, Special Guest
Joining Square Enix (formerly Square) in 1998, Naoshi Mizuta’s illustrious career began with work on Parasite Eve 2. From there, he quickly rose in the ranks and it was not long before he was made lead composer for FINAL FANTASY XI. A man of many talents, he is also credited with forming the band The Star Onions in which he played as the bassist. His latest works include compositions for FINAL FANTASY XIII-2.

Kumi Tanioka — Composer, Pianist, Special Guest
Kumi Tanioka joined Square Enix (formerly Square) in 1998 and over the next eleven years composed countless pieces for a wide variety of games. In 2009 she left Square Enix to work independently, expanding her field to include composition for web-based picture books, scoring for theater performances, as well as playing keyboard in bands and conducting piano performances.


  1. Black Beard

    nice nice

  2. Li-Lun Wang

    Project: Shantottofication {Can I have it?} {Yes, please!}

  3. Raudel C

    crappy audio

  4. Crystal Lily

    Best Game, Best Music. thats how i see it ^.^

  5. vscr


  6. Arnaldo Robles

    fuck! I really wish i could go. 🙁

  7. jeff cool


  8. Martin Gorrochategui

    Make it downloadable on iTunes!

  9. AkuNoHana

    Nothing but respect for Mr. Mizuta. His talent is brilliant yet he is so humble. One of my life goal is to be able to shake the man's hand, and it probably will not happen at this concert… =/

  10. GrimoireVoss

    If only this was near the east coast…

  11. JuCraisin

    Im going to the December one!!!

  12. TheKindofaman

    That's not true.. California is the best state in the US.

  13. thelaststudmuffin

    you do realize that about 1 and every 9 or 10 people in the US lives in California =p It has 7 of the top 50 populated cities. Plus, i imagine they picked the place based on the greatest amount of people who play/played FFXI, and that are on the Square Enix mail list. Soooooooo its only a 7ish hour road trip for me =p

  14. Harry BupBup

    Need an iTunes release… really hard to get this music.

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