Kyoko M. Okamoto
Director, UMD Koto Ensemble Musicology & Ethnomusicology Division
Bachelor in Languages, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Toho Kinshu Kai Koto School, Ashiya, Japan
Founder and music director of the Washington Toho Koto Society since 1971, Kyoko Okamoto is a graduate of the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. She was certified as Teacher of koto following completion of her training in the Ikuta School of Koto in Japan. She teaches privately in the Washington metropolitan area and holds faculty appointments at the University of Maryland, College Park, UMBC, and the George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
Mrs. Okamoto's lecture/demonstrations and recitals have attracted college and community audiences in the Midwest, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic states. She has recorded for film productions by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra, and with other groups of Western musicians.