"Yasunori Mitsuda" (光田 康典 ''Mitsuda Yasunori'', born January 21, 1972) is a Japanese composer and musician best known for his soundtracks for various video games. See video game music.
Mitsuda was born in Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, and raised in Kumage. As a child, he took piano lessons, but he was more interested in sports and so never took music seriously. He also took to computers at an early age, and he taught himself to program simple songs and games. After a brief infatuation with golf, Mitsuda rediscovered music in high school, inspired by the scores of movies such as ''Blade Runner'' and by the works of composers such as Henry Mancini.
After high school, Mitsuda moved to Tokyo and enrolled in the Junior College of Music. Despite the school's low prestige, Mitsuda received solid instruction from his professors, most of them practicing musicians who would take Mitsuda to gigs with them to help carry and set up equipment. Despite being used for free physical labor, Mitsuda got a first-hand view of the Japanese music world and valuable training both in and out of the classroom.