Film composer Takeshi Furukawa discovered his affinity for music at an early age. At three years old he learned how to play the piano. At age nine, the gifted Furukawa took composition lessons, and his impressive skills earned him several awards in youth competitions, including two nationwide first prizes. When the young Furukawa purchased his first ever CD, John Williams’ Jurassic Park Motion Picture Soundtrack, he knew instantly where his life would be headed.
“Williams’ score was just magical. Take an eleven year old boy, then add dinosaurs and epic orchestral music into the mix. Jurassic Park was to me what the original Star Wars was for composers about ten years older.”
Those thrills lead Furukawa to pursue composition at the Berklee College of Music. Also during his college years, a unique opportunity as assistant conductor for the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra allowed Furukawa to refine his craft as conductor and orchestrator. Furukawa graduated Berklee with a degree in composition, summa cum laude.
He found himself less than a month later on the lot at Paramount Studios, orchestrating on the television series Star Trek: Entreprise. One thing led to another and eventually the twenty four year old Furukawa was working for George Lucas on the Star Wars: Clone Wars feature. While orchestrating the film, the execs at Lucasfilm were so impressed by Furukawa’s musicianship that they brought him on board the spin-off television series as a contributing composer.
With Clone Wars now in its fourth season, Furukawa has also enjoyed working on films, video games, and commercials. In 2009 Furukawa scored director Kathy Lindboe’s debut indie feature NoNAMES, turning heads with his sensitive score. His commercial works for industry giant Grey have garnered two Cannes Lions. He most recently scored the multiple award-winning feature documentary Bhopali about the devastating 1984 disaster in India.
While equally comfortable in any musical genre a project calls for, Furukawa has found his voice in orchestral music. His writing has been described by contemporaries as beautifully refined, stirring emotion with an understated elegance.
“I love the orchestra, especially strings. It’s timeless and so colorful. Of course I enjoy doing the occasional rock and electronic stuff. But this is where I feel my musical identy and voice is.”
Furukawa currently resides in Los Angeles and is rep’d at Gorfaine/Schwartz. His name is pronounced tah-keh-she with a stress on the first syllable.