B i o g r a p h y
Marika Takeuchi is a Japanese composer and pianist, currently based in Los Angeles. She has released 5 albums and singles of her modern classical and electronic music, as well as writing music for short films, music libraries, advertisements, and video games.
She began studies in classical piano at the age of three in Japan. In addition to piano, she played violin and french horn for several years. She began studying composition and building a career as a composer at the age of 18, and her early career includes composing for NHK radio and Universal Music Japan.
She moved to the U.S in 2009 and studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music. She released her first album "Night Dream" and single "The Arctic Light" in 2011. 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" was produced by Grammy-winning producer Will Ackerman. She also 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 album Holes in the Sky, which was released in March 2019. Her EP "Daydream" was released in November 2019, and her latest EP is scheduled to be released in April 2020.