This year's guests from Japan are Saori Kobayashi and Yumiko Takahashi. Saori is an accomplished pianist who has composed music for Sega games since 1993. Her most notable work comes from the Panzer Dragoon series and Crimson Dragon, which features magical string melodies back by quick drum beats and ethnic flute melodies. She will be doing a special concert with Lauren Liebowitz from The Returners, Doug Perry, and The Triforce Quartet. This concert is only going to be held at MAGFest and is surely not one to miss!
Graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae. She began composing background music for TV commercials and shows when she was in college. She worked at Sega from 1994 to 1998, and became a freelance musician afterward. Currently, she is part of the band AKANE and is composing music for various genres. Her main works are:
- Quackshot: Starring Donald Duck (Game Gear)
- Sylvan Tale (Game Gear)
- Let's make a pro soccer team! (Sega Saturn)
- Panzer Dragon Saga (Sega Saturn)
- Shadowgate 64: Trials of the Four Towers (Nintendo 64)
- Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox)
- Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz (PlayStation Vita)
- Crimson Dragon (Xbox One)
- Kakuriyo-no-mon(Browser game)
Aside from games, she has worked on other notable projects such as KANON: A NEW STORY and PIANO SONGS SEASONS by Haruo Togashi, as well as worked with the music band ACE (who worked on Xenoblade, among other titles). She is also a pianist instructor at the ROLAND MUSIC SCHOOL.