Emi Nishida is a Japanese composer and a pianist. She started her musical training at the age of five. She joined the Yamaha Music Program in Japan, and studied piano performance and composition. Her original works were selected to perform at the annual Junior Original Concert held by Yamaha in Fukuoka, Chiba, and Tokyo (1998-2006). She started to compose pieces for piano at first, but then broadened her field to small ensembles and more contemporary pieces. When she was age 11, she composed a song “Precious Friends” for her previous elementary school. This song is still sung by the students every year. She also learned to play percussion instruments. Her work “Rhapsody”(2010), for xylophone, marimba and flute, was performed at Tokyo High School Ensemble Contest and won silver award. Her composition for 4 hands piano “Into the Wild” was performed at International Piano Duo Competition and received the Special Chairman Award.
Through her love for films and music, she studied Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. She strives to apply her unique compositional style in order to expand conventional film music. She won Alf Clausen Award from Berklee Film Scoring Department in 2017. She was selected as a member for the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra in 2018. "The Man Who Laughs" by Universal Studio Pictures was rescored by the orchestra, and she worked as a composer. It was premiered with live orchestra at Castro Theatre in San Francisco and several movie theatres in New England, and she conducted.
Currently she is working for short film projects as a composer, performing as a keyboardist for several musical theater shows, and participating various styles of album recordings.
西田衣見 - 神奈川県生まれ。幼少期から映画と音楽に親しみ、映画音楽作曲家を志す。2014年、渡米。ボストンにあるバークリー音楽大学・映画音楽学科に入学。在学中には学部からAlf Clausen Awardを受賞する他、ユニバーサルスタジオの作品であり、ユーゴーの小説を題材にした"The Man Who Laughs"(1928)の音楽を作曲。サンフランシスコにあるカストロシアターでのプレミア上映で、生演奏と共に指揮を振った。バークリー音楽大学卒業後、映像作品の音楽作曲やミュージカルの音源制作、オーケストラピットのキーボーディストなどを務めている。またアジア・ヨーロッパを中心とする様々な音楽家のアルバム制作に、ピアニストとして参加している。