Tomoyo is a Japanese pianist. She won the second prize (the first prize was not awarded) at the 17th International Robert Schumann competition in Zwickau in 2016.
She was born in Okayama / Japan, she started her piano studies at the age of four under Yuko Uchiyama, Keiko Tsuda, Kimihiko Kitajima and Claudio Soares. After graduating from Okayama Joto High School, she entered Tokyo University of the Arts, studying with Kei Itoh and Gabriel Tacchino.
She received a master’s degree with the highest score and was awarded a number of honorary prizes together with her graduation. Since 2013, she has been studying at Berlin University of the Arts under Klaus Hellwig. She is a scholarship holder of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan and the Rohm Music Foundation in Japan.
She won a diversity of top prizes at national and international competitions including finalist at the 78th Japan Music competition (2009), Grand Prix at the 34th PTNA Piano Competition (2010) with several special prizes including the Audience Prize, third prize at the 10th Tokyo Music competition (2012), second prize at the Artur Schnabel competition in Berlin (2014).
She has been giving a lot of solo recitals and participating at diverse music festivals throughout Japan, Germany, Poland, USA and Austria. She also appeared as a soloist in professional orchestras, including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Geidai Philharmonic Orchestra, Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonisches Orchester des Theathers Plauen-Zwickau.
Her first debut CD is released in Feburary 2017 by Octavia Records.