A legendary pianist and a teacher, Gyögy Sebök described Kyoko Hashimoto as an “extraordinary musical talent” and “one of the finest of her generation”. After graduating from the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and the Juilliard School.She performs regularly throughout the world, including in many major cities and halls such as Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Ms. Hashimoto was awarded numerous prizes such as the 1st Grand Prize and the Public Prize at the Concours International de musique française, the top prize at the Concours musical de France, and the special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and at the Spohr International Competition. She has also made more than a dozen recordings, including the early piano pieces by Messiaen, 34 piano pieces by Schumann, and 24 Preludes by Scriabin combined with 24 Preludes by Shostakovich. She is Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop in the Czech Republic, Germany and in Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, U.S.A. Holland, Germany and Japan.