Born in Japan, Ryoko Itabashi has been involved in music since she was a child. She played violin and piano in Elementary and Junior high school, but found her true calling as an adult in traditional Japanese instruments.
The first of these was the Japanese drum, Taiko, which is played in an ensemble. She then learned the bamboo flute, as well as the Tsugaru Shamisen from the late Rinshoji Kida, a well-known Shamisenist in Japan. Since moving to Canada in 2009, she has been playing Tsugaru Shamisen at various venues in Montreal. She hopes to continue to fulfill her lifelong dream of sharing Japanese music and culture with the world.