A native of
Japan, Mitsuko was born in Kumamoto and raised in a variety of places including Kawaguchi, Saitama; Kumamoto; Isahaya and Ohmura, Nagasaki. Despite her parentsf vagabond lifestyle, she kept herself busy with activities such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, running, martial arts with her brothers, and consistently sought new challenges in leadership positions such as captain of the tennis team and vice president of the student council.

At the age of 15, Mitsukofs parentsf nomadic and professional interests took their family to the United States. After briefly attending the Xavier College Preparatory School in Phoenix, Mitsuko transferred to Chandler High School where she grew an intense interest in music. During her high school career, she played tenor saxophone in concert band and sang in the honor choir, jazz/show choir, many musicals and was asked to sing the National Anthem representing the school.

These interests in music led her to study voice with Professor Elizabeth Mannion at the University of California, Santa Barbara. There, she performed in numerous recitals, musicals, orchestra concerts, opera performances and chamber music concerts as a soloist. After acquiring a Bachelor of Music in voice performance at UCSB, Mitsuko moved to New York to pursue music at the Manhattan School of Music. There, she studied with Patricia Mislin and Trish McCarferey, earned her Masterfs degree and continued to appear in concerts including the world premiere performance of gPrincess Kaguyah as the title role at the Silvia and Daniel Kaye Playhouse.

Her interest in jazz rapidly grew as she attended many jazz performances including those by Nancy Wilson, Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Warner, Grady Tate, Louis Hayes, and Brad Mehldau and spent a great deal of time surrounded by other jazz musicians. Upon graduation with a Master in Music in voice, she began to actively pursue jazz alongside J-Yorkers; Eishin Nose (pn), Yosuke Inoue (bs), Taro Koyama (dm) and Satoshi Inoue (gr).

Besides her passions in music, she is a lover of all sports, arts, dance, culture, traveling, literature, food and languages. She is bilingual in Japanese and English, but also has basic skills in Spanish, German, Italian, French and Russian. She enjoys salsa dancing, Argentine tango and other partner dancing, and also loves nature and seasons. Her favorite authors include Herman Hesse, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Ayn Rand.

Although she has spent the majority of her life as a wanderer, she plans to remain in New York City, which provides and feeds her endless thirst for adventure in all venues.




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