Born in 1965, in Nihonbashi Hamacho,Tokyo, MOCHIZUKI's mother and grandmother are both female hayashi musicians of the Mochizuki School. She became familiar with the hayashi instruments while a child and had her first stage performance at the age of six. Later on she studied hayashi under TOSHA Seiko. In 1988, MOCHIZUKI graduated from the Traditional Japanese Music Course, Faculty of Music, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, with a major in nagauta hayashi (currently named hogaku hayashi). In 1990, she completed Specialist Graduate Courses and General Studies, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
MOCHIZUKI plays both the classical and contemporary hayashi repertoires at concerts of various genres of traditional music, for dance performances of nihon buyo (Japanese traditional dance) as well as in the recording studio.
MOCHIZUKI is a member of the hogaku hayashi group Shinnokai, and the Nagauta Association. She is leader of the group Seiokai, and released her first solo CD, "The Soul of Hayashi Sound" in 2007.
In 2009, as part of a Japan Foundation sponsored American tour, MOCHIZUKI was presented at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters annual convention in New York CIty. She also received the Ministry of Cultural Affair's "Best New Young Artist Award" for her third recital of hayashi music which was part of the Ministry's annual Arts Festival in the fall of 2009.
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