Born September 20, 1971 in Munich, Germany, Masashi Hamauzu graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a vocal music concentration. Raised in a household where both parents were musicians, from a young age he aspired to compose music. As a high school student he began a course of self-study, and following graduation from university he was hired by the music department of game developer Square Enix. There he contributed original compositions to the titles SaGa Frontier 2, Final Fantasy X, Unlimited SaGa, Sigma Harmonics, the Final Fantasy XIII series, Final Fantasy VII Remake, among others. Since that time a diverse collection of music publications have made use of his knowledge and experience. In 2010 the composer established his own freelance music studio MONOMUSIK and his compositions and arrangements were featured in orchestral concerts outside Japan. In May of 2011, Hamauzu held a solo concert in Paris, France, held by Wayô Records, then took part in Symphonic Legends, an orchestral concert of music from games developed by Nintendo, performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Sweden. He also joined the Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY concert series. In 2011, the composer established the music group IMERUAT with vocalist Mina, whose interest in her Ainu heritage has led her to study traditional forms of instrumentation. In May, the composer attended the 4th Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland, where he held his first IMERUAT live concert, followed by performances in Paris, Tokyo and the Hyogo Prefecture. In 2012 IMERUAT released their first album Black Ocean. The scope of the composer’s activities now range from productions organized within the country to events performed overseas.
Projects with Wayô
- Masashi Hamauzu Live – Concert, Paris, France, 2011 (Wayô Original Production)
- Black Ocean – IMERUAT first solo album, 2012 (Wayô Records official release)
- IMERUAT Live – Concert, Paris and Toulouse, France, 2012 (Wayô Production)
- The Legend of Legacy – Original Soundtrack, 2015 (Wayô Records official release)
- Masashi Hamauzu Collection – Composer’s albums (Wayô, official seller)