Born in Tokyo, Japan, Aya came to the U.S. to study Jazz Composition and Music Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After winning Down Beat Magazine’s Best Student Studio Recording Award in 1994, she came to NYC and worked at Power Station / Avatar studios for 10 years as a staff engineer under her maiden name Aya Takemura.
Aya has a strong engineering background in a wide variety of genres, from ECM jazz recordings with Manfred Eicher, to working with pop artists, like Beyoncé.
In 2005 Aya joined Sterling Sound to work under Tom Coyne. Currently she assists Tom with his projects and masters for her own clients.