The five annual Symphonic Game Music Concerts in Leipzig, Germany were held between 2003 - 2007 as official events of the GC Games Convention.
Encompassing the finest video game music from all over the world, famous video game composers in autograph sessions, fifteen minutes of standing Ovations for the orchestra, sold-out concert halls and a wide range of major media attendance, it is easy to see that it was a story of success for the annual Symphonic Game Music Concerts in Leipzig, Germany.
On August 20th, 2003 for the first time outside of Japan, music written for video games from all over the world was performed by a live orchestra in a Symphonic Game Music concert. This event, held as the official opening ceremony of Europe's biggest trading fair for video games, the GC Games Convention, attracted a sold-out crowd of 2,000 people. Titles such as Final Fantasy, Medal of Honor, Shenmue and The Legend of Zelda were enjoyed by a varied audience, including people who may have had no interest in playing games, but wanted to listen to great compositions. Under the direction of Maestro Andy Brick, the concert at the famous venue Gewandhaus zu Leipzig received a great deal of praise and enthusiasm. It was a success that continued on through the second Symphonic Game Music concert which was held on August, 18th 2004.
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra packed the Gewandhaus in 2003, and the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague continued that tradition at the event in 2004 where they presented another highlight in game music history by performing titles such as Super Mario Brothers, Max Payne, Metal Gear Solid and Monkey Island. There was no doubt that word had spread since the first concert because the second was sold out a month in advance! This event was capped off afterwards by the sale of game music CDs and a personal autograph session with the fabulous composers Nobuo Uematsu, Chris Huelsbeck, Yuzo Koshiro and Allister Brimble.
Following the idea of 2004, the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague performed music for the third Symphonic Game Music Concert on August, 17th 2005 again. Just after the ticket sales started in April, this event was writing history already: the sell-out of the concert hall took three days only and underlined the unimaginable success of the series impressively! The audience greatly enjoyed music from titles such as Donkey Kong, Silent Hill, World of WarCraft and Dragon Quest and was excited by the sale of game music CDs after the concert again. Famous composers Rob Hubbard, Chris Huelsbeck, Jason Hayes and Gustaf Grefberg joined the autograph session.
On August 23rd, 2006 the fourth Symphonic Game Music Concert presented the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague to a sold-out audience at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig Germany. For the first time ever, the concert series included live choir and the famous Gewandhaus pipe organ. Compositions from games such as Castlevania,
Gothic 3, Sonic The Hedgehog and Shadow of the Colossus resounded at the historic concert hall. Video game composers Nobuo Uematsu, Michiru Yamane, Kai Rosenkranz, Tilman Sillescu and Leon Willett attended the concert and appeared at a special autograph session.
August 22nd, 2007. The popular concert series ended in Leipzig, traditionally at the sold-out Great Hall of the Gewandhaus. The FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague and choir conducted by Andy Brick performed about 100 minutes of music. The program offered much-loved classics and eagerly-awaited blockbusters such as Secret of Mana, Day of the Tentacle, StarCraft and Lemmings. Again the famous pipe organ of the concert hall got used, and the biggest number of soloists and composers in the history of the series mark a dignified conclusion. During the autograph session, fans got the opportunity to meet personalities such as Chris Huelsbeck, Yuzo Koshiro, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Michiru Yamane, Allister Brimble, Olof Gustafsson, Tilman Sillescu, Mark Griskey, Matthias Steinwachs, Henning Nugel and Emilio de Paz.
Press from all over the world attended the events. Radio and TV stations such as BBC, ARD, MDR, RTL and Ceský rozhlas along with magazines such as Famitsu, GameStar, GamePro, LEVEL and IGN.com were all represented. And newspapers such as Die Zeit, New York Times, Libération, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten and Leipziger Volkszeitung also covered the momentous concerts.