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a classically trained violinist, composer, and GRAMMY award-winning artist


The creation of the ultimate video game concert experience

“Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY” was the first series of concerts of its kind in the USA, featuring most of the most beloved music from the immensely popular videogame series, FINAL FANTASY. Produced by Square Enix Co., Ltd, Dear Friends featured the music of the Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu. Arnie Roth served as both music director and conductor for Dear Friends and the encore concert “More Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY.” He performed in Japan at the invitation of the Square Enix Co., Ltd, the world premiere in Yokohama of “VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY.” In 2006, he helped create a new concert series of videogame music scores. From 2006 to 2010, Arnie served as the principal conductor and music director of “PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.”

In 2006, Arnie Roth approached Square Enix and Nobuo Uematsu to create a sequel in the Final Fantasy concert series. Together they premiered “Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY“ in December 2007 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden. Distant Worlds features the largest orchestra of any video game concert and is complemented by a large choir. Distant Worlds concerts are currently scheduled around the world. See

If you represent an orchestra or presenter, or for information about booking Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY please contact:

Columbia Artists Management, Inc.
Tim Fox, President
1790 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY plays world-wide to sold out houses.


FINAL FANTASY SERIES: Main Theme, Swing de Chocobo, Chocobo Medley 2010, Prelude, Victory Theme

FINAL FANTASY I-III: Medley 2002, Medley 2010


FINAL FANTASY V: Dear Friends, Clash on the Big Bridge

FINAL FANTASY VI: Dancing Mad, Opera "Maria and Draco", Terra's Theme, Dark World featuring soloists Nobuo Uematsu, keyboards, and Arnie Roth, violin

FINAL FANTASY VII: One-Winged Angel, Opening - Bombing Mission, Aerith's Theme, Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII, JENOVA, Those Who Fight (Let the Battles Begin)

FINAL FANTASY VIII: Liberi Fatali, Fisherman's Horizon, Love Grows, Don't be Afraid, The Man With The Machine Gun

FINAL FANTASY IX: Vamo' alla Flamenco, Prima Vista, A Place to Call Home, Melodies of Life, You're Not Alone

FINAL FANTASY X: Zanarkand, Suteki da ne

FINAL FANTASY XI: Memoro de la Stono - Distant Worlds, Ronfaure


FINAL FANTASY XIII: The Promise, Fang's Theme, Saber’s Edge, March of the Dreadnoughts, Fabula Nova Crystallis, Blinded by Light

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Twilight Over Thanalan, Beneath Bloody Borders, Primal Judgment, Answers, Navigator's Glory - The Theme of Limsa Lominsa


2-hour concert program produced by Nobuo Uematsu and AWR Music Productions(not in performance order, subject to change)

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a classically trained violinist, composer, and GRAMMY award-winning artist

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY

3 Flutes (3rd doubles Piccolo)
2 Oboes (2nd doubles English Horn)
2 Clarinets (2nd doubles Bass Clarinet)
2 Bassoons (2nd doubles Contra Bsn.)

4 French Horns
3 B-flat Trumpets
2 Tenor Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Tuba

1 Timpani
3 Percussionists
1 Drum Set (doubles percussion)

1 Piano (acoustic grand piano)(doubles celeste, electric keyboard)
1 Harp
1 Nylon String acoustic guitar (must be experienced classical soloist)

12 Violins I
10 Violins II
8 Violas
7 Celli
6 Contrabasses (one doubles upright jazz bass for one song)

32-Voice SATB Choir (8-8-8-8)
3 Operatic Soloists (1-mezzo soprano, 1-tenor, 1-bass)

PLEASE NOTE: Specific program may require Pipe Organ
Instrumentation and Percussion Equipment are subject to change.
Only the highest quality classically trained musicians should be engaged, with extensive experience performing all genres of symphonic repertoire.
The musicians playing the drumkit, and upright bass must be well acquainted with performing in 'pop' and 'swing' styles, as well as more traditional orchestral scoring.

All soloists are to be approved by AWR Music Productions.
* Instrumentation and Percussion Equipment are subject to change.

4 Timpani: 32”, 29”, 26”, 23”

Antique cymbal (or FX cymbal)
Chinese cymbal
Suspended Cymbals and Stands
Concert Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Tom Toms (3)

Tubular Bells
Sleigh bells
Mark Tree
Large Tam Tam (Gong)

Wind Chimes
Woodblocks (2)

Drum Kit w/cowbell (small trap set)