The Symphonic Game Music Concerts German: Symphonische Spielemusikkonzerte are a series of award-winning, annual German video game music concerts initiated in , notable for being the longest running and the first of their kind outside Japan. From to , GC in Concert took place at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and was held as the official opening ceremony of the GC — Games Convention , a trade fair for video games in Leipzig. In , the cancellation of the concert by the Leipzig Trade Fair resulted in a cooperation with the WDR , eventually spawning new video game music performances by its in-house ensembles, principally presented at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall. Inspired by game concerts from Japan, the Orchestral Game Music Concerts from the s in particular, he developed a concept for the first event of this kind outside Japan. Following feedback from attendants of the first event, more music from classic games was added to the programs. Favoring a more classical atmosphere, the series does not rely on showing game footage or extensive light effects , but rather on the quality of the music and its performance. Many famous game music composers have attended the events and the associated autograph sessions,  while Shiro Hamaguchi , Michiru Yamane , Yuzo Koshiro and Takenobu Mitsuyoshi actively participated in the series as guest arrangers and performers. Starting from , five critically acclaimed     annual concerts took place in the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, all of which attracted a sold-out crowd of people. At the beginning of , a note at the official website of the Symphonic Game Music Concerts announced that no future GC — Games Convention concerts would take place at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig.
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From single beeps to symphonic sounds in 40 years — today it is not unusual for music from computer and video games to be recorded and performed by world class orchestras and released by renowned classical labels such as DECCA or Deutsche Grammophon. At the end of the eighties, the fledgling genre of video game music left its virtual world for the very first time and moved into real concert halls. On 20th August , composer and conductor Koichi Sugiyama presented his Family Classic Concert at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo — the first video game music concert in the world.
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Discover the story of video game music concerts - from to the present day. Photo: Kamil Rojek. In , he held the world's first video game music concert in Tokyo. Since then, he has held more than 18 of them throughout Japan.