Shoko Hikage (koto) began playing koto at the age of 3. In 1988, she graduated from Takasaki College with a major in koto music and she was accepted as a special research student in Sawai Sokyoku under Tadao Sawai and Kazue Sawai, and received her master's certificate. In 1992, she moved to Honolulu Hawaii to teach koto at the Sawai Koto Kai Hawaii. There she held her first American solo recital at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Theater as part of the New Music Across America Series. In 1997, she moved to San Francisco where she performs regularly as a solo artist as well as collaborating with other artists in the Bay Area and internationally.

[from program for March 22, 2010 concert]