Masakatsu Takagi started his career as a visual artist, creating video art with his own music which played with his Piano and software processing.
In 2001, His first album, “pia”, was released from Carpark Records in United State.
After that, he began to focus on playing the Piano. Mainly piano solo style, sometimes band style with many musicians or with orchestra.
His visual works have been exhibited at many museums and galleries.
Some of his works were owned by contemporary art museums, commissioned by institution of science (Developmental Biology) , university (Art Anthropology) or company like audi or NOKIA,
In 2003, as a visual artist, he collaborated with David Sylvian, touring together for visual projection for Sylvian’s concerts.
He also created visuals for other musicians like Cornelius, Sketch Show (Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi).
Starting with "Wolf Children (2012)”, He has created soundtrack for animation films directed by Mamoru Hosoda, including ‘the Boy and the Beast (2015)” and “Mirai (2018)”.
Soundtrack of “Wolf Children” was chosen as ‘iTunes BEST soundtrack of 2012’ in Japan.
He also composed music for ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013)” a documentary film for Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) directed by Mami Sunada.
In 2013, He moved from Kyoto to a very small village in mountains in Hyogo, Japan. With small agriculture, he started to learn how to live in traditional living of Japan.
2017 saw Takagi start a new project called “Marginalia’, daily piano recordings in his private studio surrounded by the mountains, opening all the windows to welcome the sound of nature.