Toshiya Yamanaka is a Japanese composer and sound designer.
Yamanaka started out listening to classical music that his father listened to growing up. He particular remembers The Ventures' version of Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer. When he was older, around his high-school years, he started listening to other bands including Santana, Kazumi Watanabe, and Casiopea. Guitarists that inspired him included Larry Carlton, Gary Moore, Michael Schenker, and Steve Vai. When Yamanaka bought a multitrack recorder, he started to write his own music.
Toshiya started out at Cyberhead (under their Arsys name), with his first game being Reviver for the PC-88 computer. However, he wasn't a full-time employee for them until he was hired during the development of their SNES adaptation of Prince of Persia. He later worked at Rakugaku Software, after one of their staff who was also a former Arsys employee contacted him offering him a job there. Yamanaka then worked on games for Treasure, but wasn't hired officially until working on Dragon Drive.
Toshiya composed his last game in 2003 and no longer works on video game music. However, he says he would take the opportunity if it arises again.
Toshiya's only SNES game was Prince of Persia. He had this to say: