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) while also working as a freelance orchestra violinist in Tokyo. At the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien (Conservatory of the City of Vienna) she pursued
a double-major on Violin and
Viola, completing a Diploma (Bachelor equivalent) on Viola Performance, with Distinction.
From 2000 - 2012, she played full time with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, in the
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
violinist (90, 92), 1st violin (91), and viola (93). In July/August 2015 she was invited as
Coach for Asian Youth Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Year, in Hong Kong. She is currently
lecturer at UCSI University in K.L., a regular guest with the Macau Orchestra and other
professional orchestras, and Principal Viola with the Selangor Symphony Orchestra.
Both of Toko’s parents were centrally involved in starting the Kumamoto Youth Orchestra,