Tenpei Sato

Tenpei Sato
Background information
Born Tokyo, Japan
Genres Soundtrack, Video game music, Electronic music, Jazz, Rock
Occupation(s) Composer, voice actor
Instruments Piano, electric guitar, vocals
Years active 1988present

Tenpei Sato (佐藤 天平 Satō Tenpei) is a video game composer and voice actor. His most notable works are his soundtracks for Nippon Ichi Software games, such as Disgaea and Phantom Brave. He also provides voice-over for games and movies.


Sato was born in Tokyo, Japan. He began playing piano at the age of six, and made his first composition, a piece for guitar, at the age of twelve. His first job was at Telenet Japan, where he composed the score for the action role-playing game Exile and popular PC Engine side-scroller Valis II. After leaving Telenet, he joined Glodia, and, together with Nobuhito Koise, composed the soundtrack to the famous Emerald Dragon. Later he would compose both Vain Dream with Abreath Nakamura and Bible Master II. After leaving Glodia, he joined Birdie Software, and produced soundtracks for four of their games. Currently, he produces music for Nippon Ichi, which is where he has gained his greatest recognition, for games such as the Marl Kingdom series, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, La Pucelle: Tactics, and Phantom Brave.[1]

Musical style and influence

Sato cites Queen, Claude Debussy, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Kate Bush as major musical influences.[2]



  1. Chris. "Tenpei Sato :: Biography". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  2. "Tenpei Sato". Square Enix Music Online. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
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