Marika Takeuchi

Marika Takeuchi


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Composer and pianist Marika Takeuchi, a native of Japan, and currently based in Los Angeles, began studies in classical music at the age of three. 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 her early career includes composing for Japanese national radio and Universal Music Japan. In 2009, she moved to the United States to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music. She has scored several short films, and her first single The Arctic Light (2011) has been featured in numerous short films and advertisements. After graduating from Berklee in 2012, she has been working on a wide variety of projects as a composer, pianist, orchestrator, and educator. Her 2nd album Impressions was nominated for Best Neo-Classical Album at the 10th annual ZMR Awards, and she released her 3rd album Rain Stories in November 2014. Her 4th album Colors in the Diary (2016), was produced by the Grammy-winning producer Will Ackerman. In July 2018, she released her 5th album Melding, as well as singles Found and Night Time, through London-based label Bigo & Twigetti. She was also commissioned to write a piano piece Bloom for Sony Masterworks pianist Lara Downes' album Holes in the Sky, which was released in March 2019. Her latest single Driven was released in April 2019.