She is born in NAGOYA city in Japan in 1953. After graduating from the MEIWA High school, she entered Ochanomizu University, majoring in music education. She encountered “It only happens to Others( Ca n’arrive qu’aux autres)1971”.by a French pop singer, Michel Polnareff, which is a major turning point in her life. Her interest in French music begins. She is apprenticed to Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, who gives her lessons
of conducting. After graduating from the Ochanomizu University, Yoko enters the Tokyo University of the Fine Arts and Music (the Department of Orchestral Conducting ), and becomes the conductor of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra for its music education program.
In 1981, after completing her graduate study, Yoko studies abroad as the recipient of the scholarship program by Rotary International, and enters the Department of Orchestral Conducting at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, under Professor Pierre Dervaux.
In 1982, she gains the first prize in the International Besancon Competition for young conductors.
After returning to Japan, she begins her career as the conductor. Yoko conducts NHK Symphony Orchestra,
Tokyo Symphony, Yomiuri-Japan Symphony Orchestra, and conducts many operas. Carmen, The Merry Widow, Il Trovatore, Aida, Traviata etc.
In 1985, she conducts the Orchestra Lamoureux at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Yoko becomes the resident conductor of the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, and keeps the position until 2004. She stays in Paris as the recipient of the overseas study program of the Agency for Cultural affairs, and devotes herself to her study with the Orchestre de Paris.
Yoko conducts Another Romance of Carmen(an opera choreographed with and Japanese traditional dancing) at the Aichi EXPO Dome in 2005.
She teaches at the Department of Conducting at the Tokyo University of the Arts and Music ,GEIDAI for 30 years, and from 2015 she is the special Professor at the Aichi Art and Music University.
In 2017 she conducts the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonie at Concertgebouw Hall.
And she conducts l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo as the finale stage of the Competition for piano (Monte-Carlo piano masters) in 2018.
Her water painting is selected for the Daichokai exhibition during ten years,
She serializes her article for Chunichi Shimbun. Yoko’s song book arranged for female chorus, is published.
Her two books , are published too.
Affiliation office KAJIMOTO