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Born in Japan, Aiko Fukushima is currently working as a freelance composer and orchestrator in Los Angeles. She collaborates with some of the most promising young filmmakers and musicians in Hollywood on award-winning projects, such as the Emmy-winning Parthenabe (2007) directed by Alexandra Fisher; and The Great Sasuke (2015) directed by Mikiko Sasaki – official selection of the Cinequest Film Festival.
As an orchestrator, Aiko worked on several high profile feature films, including District 9 (2009), Final Destination 5 (2011) and Contraband (2012).
Ms. Fukushima is a graduate of Tokyo Gakugei University and Berklee College of Music, where she majored in Film Scoring and Jazz Composition. Aiko started her musical training at an early age. While in high school, she studied Conservatoire de Paris composition theories with university professors. Upon entering university, along with learning classical music in depth, she found a passion for jazz. She began playing piano in jazz clubs and concerts in Tokyo, and toured with artists throughout Japan.
Since her arrival in the U.S. on scholarship, Aiko has received several awards, including the BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship to work with TV/Film composer Mike Post.
She is an alumnus of the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute, whose performance of her original orchestral work “Fire, Tears” is available on Concord records. She also attended the BMI Sundance Institute Composer’s Lab as one of 6 participants, working with some of the most well-respected composers in the film industry, including Thomas Newman, John Adams, and Ed Shearmur.
Aiko believes in the power of music to connect people. Inspired by nature, her unique style blends Eastern and Western influences in a personal and honest way.