She was born in Osaka, and due to her father's travels, she was raised in Germany, France, Switzerland, and England. At age 14, she entered the Paris Conservatory, studying piano with Germain Mounier and chamber music with Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux. In 1984, she gave her debut performance in Japan, followed quickly by performances in Europe and the United States. She has played at various music festivals, such as the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Music Days at Forest Hill, and other international festivals in Lyon, Montpelier, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, San Francisco, Sapporo, and Gmunden. She has performed Beethoven
's complete Piano Sonatas in a series of recitals in Los Angeles and Pasadena, and recorded them for PentaTone Classics.