Biography

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In 2010, after only 2 years in Dubai, Haruka was chosen by Gulf News' Friday Magazine as the only musician to be featured in an interview article about success stories in the country. Growing up in Tokyo, she took up the violin at age four, and the piano at age five. Her constant desire to expand as a musician pushed her to travel to New York, where she studied under the Juilliard School professor Masao Kawasaki and a first violinist of the New Jersey Philharmonic, Joeseph Gluck, while studying the piano with both NYC based concert pianists, Beatrice Long, and Dr. Adam Kent at Manhattan School of Music Precollege during the last two years of high school. She then attended the prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston to study classical violin under the tutelage of the late, world-renowned Mich?le Auclair.

During her studies there, she started feasting on jazz staples such as Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Steve Lacy and Chet Baker. The way in which they were able to express themselves through their mastery of the art of improvisation inspired Haruka to pursue a Masters degree in Jazz Studies. Her private teachers included world-renowned Charlie Banacos and John McNeil.

Upon graduating, she relocated to New York, where her unique sound and lyrical playing style made an instant impact. She was soon performing classical, jazz and a blend of styles from her own compositions at art galleries and venues including Merkin Hall, the United Nations Headquaters and Carnegie Hall. She has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the jazz greats, including Butch Morris, Bob Moses, Joe Morris and Neil Leonard, and to play in master classes with Wayne Krantz, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine and Dr. Lonnie Smith. She has also attended prestigious music festivals such as Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Henry Mancini Institute and Aspen Music Festival on scholarships.

Haruka is also an avid composer and arranger. She began her study in dictation and music analysis at the age of six, and had a privilege to study composition and arranging under Michael Gandolfi and Frank Carlberg privately while at New England Conservatory. She has been honing her skill as a composer/arranger and has written music for Backstage Production's Crime Night, orchestrated music for strings for numerous artists' recording projects including Fatiniza, Jeremiah John, Jaxx Monteath, Neil Harrison, Noush like Sploosh, Wilma La and Adnan and have also recorded strings for Gayathri and Nikotin for their albums.

Today, Haruka is based in Dubai where she crosses genres including classical to jazz and Arabic music to Argentinean tango, and sees diversity as a vital part of her constant artistic development. Since her arrival in 2008, she has been performing in the UAE as well as in Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, India, Kuwait, Bahrain, France and the Maldives.

Haruka can also be seen as part of the following bands:

Zazous: Gypsy jazz trio/quartet/quintet

Casual Jazz Ensemble

Wild Gauchos Tango trio

and many more as a side woman..