Emi Nishida is a composer, conductor, pianist and percussionist. Emi was born and raised in Japan. In 2014, she moved to the United States to study Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. She worked for several short films and as a member of exclusive composers and conductors for a commissioned feature film “The Man Who Laughs” by Universal Studios.
After graduating, she began working as a composer for multimedia, films, and concert works, both in the U.S. and Japan. Her recent work, “Han-gover Square” for orchestra, won an honorable mention award at The American Prize in Composition 2021. Other recent works include “After you left“, which was used for SixTONES on eST arena tour in 2021 and “At the night, we saw a shadow”, which she was selected as a finalist at Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble Composition Competition. She is selected as Top 10 composers at Oticons Faculty Film Music Competition in 2022. She is also selected as one of the mentees for SCL New York Mentor Program 2022-2023. She works as an assistant for a Boston based composer, YUKI KANESAKA for his animation works as well.
Besides composing, she has a passion for collaborating and performing with other musicians as a pianist. She has been working as a lead pianist in the Voice Department of Berklee College of Music, where she covers multiple genres like: classical, jazz, pop, R&B, ballet, and musical theater. She also performs her original pieces. For her duo project, Kakinishi, formed with an award-winning pianist Takumi Kakimoto, she wrote “Ganymede, the Cupbearer” for 1 piano 4 hands piece which was acknowledged by Oscar winning composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Additionally, she is a member of a female duo, Streepz with a Japanese actor and singer Saya Suzuki. Their original song “Soliloquy feat. monolog” earned an award from Universal Music in 2021.