Born on Japan's main island, Michika grew up in the city of Mie and began to play the piano at the age of three. Within the next three years Michika was composing and playing her own music. After studying classical composition at the Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music, Michika studied with renowned Japanese pianist Colgen Suzuki and began working professionally at a wide variety of jazz clubs in and around Tokyo.
In 2000,Michika moved to the United States and began studying with Ron Carter and Geri Allen at City College of New York along with private lessons under the tutelage of Steve Kuhn. Michika got her Masters Degree at CCNY in 2003.
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