About the composer Kohei Tanaka

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Kōhei Tanaka is a Japanese composer, arranger and singer whom created numerous musical scores for famous anime TV series, OVAs, movies, computer games and tokusatsu series such as ONE PIECE, Sakura Taisen, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure or Gunbuster !  DSC 5026
Tanaka has played the piano from an early age. After graduating from the Osaka Seiko Gakuin High School, Tanaka attended Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Music faculty - composition department), studying under Tomojirō Ikenouchi and other professors. Tanaka worked for three years at the advertising department of Victor Music Industries after his graduation. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts for two years after he left Victor. After returning to Japan, Tanaka started his activities as composer in earnest. While employed to play the piano in a hotel lounge, he was requested to arrange a song in Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, a 1982 TV anime, and it became his first work as a composer. Afterwards, he produced some songs and arrangements for the Super Sentai series and his first work as the main composer was for the TV anime Konpora Kid in 1985.
His compositions are especially known for the “hot” strings and piano that he combines masterfully. He often produces orchestral compositions with brass instruments and the timpani that are simple and easy to listen to, and these are often used as the background music in TV programs. Because his early works were a little on the heavy and rock-ish side, it came to be that people would only request such music from him. This disappointed him for a while, as he wanted to create more varied music, but with the computer game Sakura Wars he was finally able to compose freely and prove his talents in other genres as well.