Reiko Emura was born in Sendai, Japan and studied piano and learned about composition from an early age. After she studied composition at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, she continued her studies with Art Song Performance at the University of Music in Karlsruhe, Germany under Mitsuko Shirai and Hartmut Höll.
She played under famous conductors like Maxim Shostakovich, Kenichiro Kobayashi and Robert Hanell. She performed her own works with world-class orchestras like the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra among others.
Among her prime achievements in composition are the school anthem of both Toyama University, Japan and the Sendai National College of Technology, Japan. She also composes music for special occasions like the 50th anniversary of the Tohoku University Choir (Sendai, Japan) or the 60thanniversary of the Europa-Union, Karlsruhe, Germany.
She relocated to Germany in 1998 where she gives concerts, plays the solo performances and chamber music. She plays her own compositions along with music of other composers and composes commissioned works for a variety of instruments.
Reiko Emura enjoys playing the piano in a variety of styles. She excels at piano improvisation which she complements with her many years of experience in composition.