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Tomoko Akaboshi

Maestra Classes Offered

Tomoko Akaboshi

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Tomoko recently became the first woman of color to ever music coordinate a Broadway musical, and the first woman to music coordinate a Pulitzer-winning musical. (A Strange Loop).

    Born in Tokyo, Tomoko started her career as a musician at age twenty, and has since performed and interpreted for internationally renowned artists such as Alan Silvestri, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, The Verve and more. Her performing experience includes studio recordings and TV soundtracks as well as acting as concert master for the Broadway musical, Amazing Grace and Tokyo productions of Broadway musicals, Spring Awakening and West Side Story.

    Tomoko has coordinated and interpreted for musical productions in the United States, Japan, Germany, Australia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. These productions encompass a variety of musical styles, including classical, film, theater, jazz and video game music. She has worked with orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic, and on orchestral recording sessions for video game titles such as "Resident Evil 6/Biohazard 6" (CAPCOM) and "Binary Domain" (SEGA). She has also interpreted for six-time Emmy Award winning composer and conductor, Mark Watters, for "Star Wars in Concert," and for Grammy-winning jazz artist, Maria Schneider, at the Tokyo Blue Note.

    Using management skills obtained from her extensive musical experience, she provides coordination and management/producing services to American artists and companies for their dealings with Japan, and vice versa.

    Tomoko’s passion for breaking down cultural, racial, and musical barriers led her to found ensembles and organizations such as the Tokyo Strings Workshop, tutti, and The Resonance Collective. Through these collectives, she has produced concerts, educational master classes, and workshops with participants of all ages participating from over 17 countries.

    Professional Experience

    • Broadway
    • Off Broadway
    • Concerts/Cabaret


    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • Other Countries

    Maestra Expertise

    • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
    • Music Contractor/Coordinator
    • Music Producer/Record Producer

    Primary Instruments

    • Violin - fiddle
    • Mandolin
    • Viola
    • Violin


    • MUSE

    Person of Color?

    • Yes