Tomoko Katayama had her first piano lessons at the age of four with Yuko Taga. She was a pupil of Emi Naito at Nagoya’s Music Gymnasium Kikuzato and studied concert piano with Nobuko Maehara at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. She took part in the masterclasses at Kusatsu and at the Musikakademie in Vienna under Professor Noel Flores. In 1999 she won the Japan International League of Artists music competition in Tokyo. She went on to study at the Konservatorium für Vorarlberg in Feldkirch under Professor Ferenc Bognàr, with Professor Jeannette de Boer at the Mozarteum Salzburg and at the Konservatorium Amsterdam under Matthijs Verschoor. In 2008, she has completed her Master’s Degree at the Conservatorium Utrecht under Martijn van den Hoek and Hans Eijsackers.
She is a sought-after partner for chamber music and has played concerts in Japan, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, France, the Netherlands and the United States. As a soloist she has performed with several orchestras in Germany and Holland.