Having lived in many cities around the world, she came to Montreal in 2003 from Alaska to study with Prof. Kyoko Hashimoto at McGill University. In 2004, she was given the Bruneau Prize from McGill for her exceptional solo recital. She has been actively playing solo and chamber music concerts regularly in the Montreal area, including through the Access Montreal City Culture Program since 2006. She is an affiliated professor at conservatoire de musique de montreal and has worked as an official accompanist at Queens University, an organist at Eglise Saint Arsene, and a pianist for the Montreal West Operatic Society.
Tomoko is an avid chamber musician, having performed with the Alexander String Quartet in Florence, Italy (2008), cellists Laurentieu Sbarcea in Marianzke Lazne, Czech Republic (2003) and Valentin Scharff in Liesing, Austria (2014 & 2015), and violist Marcus Thompson in Montreal (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).
Her concert appearances include the International Music Festival and Workshop in both the Czech Republic (2003) and Germany (2010, 2011, and 2012). Summer in 2014&2015, she worked for the FriedensKonzert in Liesing, Austria. She has done the recording projects of music by Mozart, Chopin, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff with the recording engineer Meining Cheung (2008 and 2013). She does not hesitate to propose unconventional projects, for example playing in free-improvisation concerts in Montreal, and as part of the Journées de la culture – the concert in which the audience produced sketches during the performance.
She has a Licentiate and Master's degree in piano solo performance from McGill University, and also holds a PhD and previously worked in the field of physical oceanography for many years.