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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 at Shobi Music College in Tokyo. 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 inspiring, independent short films. Her first single “The Arctic Light” (2011) has been featured in an Australian TV commercial, the Norwegian Tourism Board’s official website, and several other advertisements and short films.
After graduating from Berklee in 2012, she has been actively working on a wide variety of projects as a composer, pianist, orchestrator, arranger, copyist, and educator. Her 2nd album "Impressions" (2013), 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 and featured cellist Eugene Friesen and Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Si-Jing Huang.
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 is scheduled to be released in April 2019.
Nomination for Best New Age Album at Zone Music Reporter Annual Music Awards in 2014.