Born in Tokyo in 1985, Japanese composer Akira Kosemura debuted his first solo album, “It’s On Everything”, on an Australian label in 2007 while he was still in school. That same year, he founded his own label, Schole Records, and garnered good reviews by releasing various albums of crossover genre music featuring the sounds of piano, strings, winds, synthesizers, and field recordings.
Akira has composed music for film, stage, game and commercials, including the Cannes 2020 feature film True Mothers (Asa Ga Kuru) directed by Naomi Kawase, the OWN series Love Is__ produced by Mara Brock Akil, Nintendo Switch game JACKJEANNE produced by Sui Ishida, TBS series Chugakusei Nikki, a contemporary ballet piece MANON choreographed by Kimiho Hulbert, and Japan Pavilion in Milano EXPO. Also the Amazon original movie Jonas Brothers CHASING HAPPINESS and French movie Mais vous êtes fous used Akira’s catalogue. In recent years, he has worked collaboratively with international brands such as LA MER BLUE HEART, LAND ROVER, L’OCCITANE, TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist., Nikon, Rado, IKEA and KINFOLK.
Also Akira featured Devendra Banhart on a single titled Someday. His works have received high acclaim from media outlets around the world, including Pitchfork in the US.

– Selected Scores For Feature Films, TVs, Games and Theaters

JACKJEANNE “ジャックジャンヌ” (2021)
a nintendo switch game, produced by Sui Ishida

True Mothers/Asa Ga Kuru “朝が来る” (2020) *CANNES 2020
a feature film, directed by Naomi Kawase

Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare “思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ” (2020)
a feature film, directed by Takahiro Miki

Jonas Brothers’ Chasing Happiness (2019) *Contributed Music
a feature film, directed by John Lloyd Taylor

Losing It/Mais vous êtes fous (2019) *Contributed Music
a feature film, directed by Audrey Diwan

Konatsu And Hiyori/Konatsu Biyori “小夏日和” (KTV, 2019)
a short film, directed by Kazuma Yano

Love Is __ (Oprah Winfrey Network, 2018)
tv series, executive producer: Mara Brock Akil

Meet Me After School/Chugakusei Nikki “中学聖日記” (TBS, 2018)
tv series, produced by Junko Arai

Bring On The Melody/Haruchika “ハルチカ” (2017)
a feature film, directed by Masahide Ichii

Embers/Saigo No Inochi “最後の命” (2014)
a feature film, directed by Junpei Matsumoto

MANON (2012)
a contemporary theater, choreographed by Kimiho Hulbert

 

“Fantastic stuff.”
by Gilles Peterson

“Wow, this is his deepest work to date, I’ve been listening on repeat for days now, and though he may still outdo himself, this is his masterpiece.”
by Devendra Banhart

“So happy he’s scoring our new series! His music has so much humanity…”
by Mara Brock Akil

“There’s an amazing pianist from Japan that I love. He’s called Akira Kosemura”
by Marcelo Burlon

“The album, paradoxically, expands with multiple listens. It feels impossible to get tired of, circumscribed and boundless at once, and it’s so subtle that you might let it spin two or three times before you start to notice the repetition.”
by Pitchfork

“The Japanese pianist, composer and arranger weaves together an hour of gentle piano compositions for RBMA Radio’s Choice Mix, placing some of his own peaceful, evocative music.”
by FACT Magazine