The Music of The Last Guardian with Composer Takeshi Furukawa

February 23, 2017 9:03pm

Composer Takeshi Furukawa had the incredible task of creating the musical score for The Last Guardian, which is best described as a traditional orchestral fantasy score.

The Last Guardian, from Shadow of the Colossus designer Fumito Ueda, centers on a boy and his friendship with Trico, a giant creature who looks like a hybrid of a bird and a cat.

Furukawa was first approached for the project five years ago — but the game was delayed to be reengineered for PlayStation 4. Two years later, he resumed his efforts and went on to compose and conduct a score that was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir, and London Voices at Air Studios.


Effortlessly blending timeless orchestral elegance with modern sensibilities, Japanese-American composer Takeshi Furukawa's music has accompanied some of the world's most recognizable franchises and brands on screen. From his television works for Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Wars: Clone Wars, to the prestigious Cannes Lions-winning global campaigns for Mercedes-Benz, Apple, and Sony, Furukawa's signature style of soaring melodies colored by refined orchestration has become synonymous with cinematic grandeur.

His most recent appointment on the blockbuster PlayStation 4 title The Last Guardian has further established Furukawa as one of the most exciting new voices in the industry. For this third installment in the seminal Team Ico legacy, Furukawa collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Trinity Boys Choir, and the London Voices. The resulting score has garnered universal praise with various media outlets hailing Furukawa's music as "wondrous" (IGN) and "entirely gorgeous" (Forbes). Previous works in cinema include scores to NoNAMES and the critically acclaimed Slamdance-winning documentary Bhopali. An ardent enthusiast of contemporary concert music, he also is currently working on a forthcoming album of chamber works. Furukawa resides in Los Angeles, and is represented worldwide by the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.