Born in Japan, Tomoko Takahashi began taking piano lessons in her home country at the age of four. In 1982, she continued her musical education at the Tokyo University of the Arts. She was granted a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service in 1988 and studied at the Universität der Künste Berlin under Klaus Hellwig, where she graduated with distinction in 1995. Tomoko Takahashi was, among other awards, twice granted a prize at the Artur Schnabel Competition. The artist residing in Berlin is regularly invited as a soloist by festivals, orchestras and conductors to countries all over the world, to play works by composers such as Mozart, Schumann or Mendelssohn. Moreover, she is a much sought-after chamber music partner, known for her musical flexibility and empathy. Tomoko Takahashi teaches in Berlin at both the Universität der Künste, as well as the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.