Born, 1969 in Kumamoto, Japan to parents who are both Suzuki Violin instructors, Toko started violin lessons at a very early age under her mother. She started playing in Kumamoto Youth Orchestra at age 7. She completed a Masters of Art at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Department of Japanese, Faculty of
Language). Her music diploma studies, on viola and violin, were completed with distinction at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien (Conservatory of the City of Vienna).
From 2000 – 2012, she played full time with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, in the Viola Section, which included Chamber Music Concerts and Contemporary Music Concerts. She regularly coached the MPYO (Youth Orchestra), and private teaching as well. In her training she was invited in 1999 to join the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as one of 3 principal violists. In 2000, also, she was asked to join Asian Youth Orchestra as principal violist. 1990-93 She joined Asian Youth Orchestra (music director: Lord Yehudi Menuhin) twice as principal 2nd violinist (90, 92), 1st violin (91), and viola (93). This year in July/August 2015 she was invited as Viola Coach for Asian Youth Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Year, in Hong Kong.
Both of Toko’s parents were centrally involved in starting the Kumamoto Youth Orchestra, one of the oldest youth orchestras in Asia.