B i o g r a p h y
Marika Takeuchi is a Japanese composer and pianist, currently based in Los Angeles. She has written music for short films, video games, music libraries, advertisement, as well as releasing her 5 albums and 4 singles as a recording artist.
She began studies in classical piano at the age of three in Japan. In addition to the piano, she played violin and horn for several years. She began studying composition and building a career as a composer at the age of 18 and early career includes composing for Japanese national radio and Universal Music Japan.
In 2009, she moved to the U.S to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music. Before her graduation in 2012, she released her first album Night Dream” and single The Arctic Light. The single has been featured in an Australian TV commercial, the Norwegian Tourism Board’s official website, and several other advertisements and short films.
Her 2nd album Impressions (2013), was nominated for Best Neo-Classical Album at the 10th annual ZMR Awards, and her 2016 album Colors in the Diary is produced by Grammy-winning producer Will Ackerman and features cellist Eugene Friesen and Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Si-Jing Huang. She scored award-winning short drama More Than One in 2016.
In July 2018, she released her 5th album Melding, as well as singles Found and Night Time. She was also commissioned to write a piano solo piece Bloom for Sony Masterworks pianist Lara Downes's new album Holes in the Sky, which was released on March 2019. Her latest single Driven was released on April 2019.