Pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi, a native of Japan, began her piano studies at the age of 6. In 1997, she came to the United States for further music studies. She completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees and the Performer Diploma in Piano Performance at Indiana University. She received the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2011.
Ms.Kashiwagi performs regularly with double bass soloist DaXun Zhang nationally and internationally. These performances have taken the duo to such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the 92nd St. Y in New York, the Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. During the summers, she has served as a staff pianist at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute and the Meadowmount School of Music. She has been a staff pianist at the University of Texas at Austin and more recently, was an official pianist at the International Society of Bassists Convention in San Francisco.