Taka Minamino was born in Osaka, Japan. Having initially taken up the violin at the young age of 4, his growing interest and diversity lead him to switch to guitar at 14, a decision which would offer him a creative outlet that would produce two solo projects, , a guest appearance on a keyboard virtuoso’s CD, numerous interviews/reviews, and a spot in the Guitar Hero Competition where he played his first composition in front of all star judges.
Taka graduated in 2005 from The Musicians Institute, where he studied under the talents of Kelly Simonz (MI/GIT Japan) and Joy Basu (MI/GIT Hollywood), and later worked as a teacher. Having reached a solid level of competency and skill, he sent a sample of his work to Mike Varney (Shrapnel Records, Owner) who featured him in his “Spotlight Column” in Guitar Player Magazine’s September 2005 issue. This lead to an invitation, to compete in the 2007 Guitar Player competition in San Francisco, CA, where he performed the title track from his forthcoming first CD, “AngelWing” in from of all star judges; Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Mike Varney, Greg Howe, and Nuno Bettencourt. Taka finished in the Top 10.