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Mieko Miyazaki began playing the koto at the age of 9. She studied traditional Japanese koto and shamisen music at the prestigious Tokyo National University of fine Arts and Music. While still a student, she performed at the Imperial Palace for the Japanese Emperor and Empress. Mieko passed the NHK-FM Japanese music audition for the shamisen, receiving top marks from the judges. Following her graduation in 1992, she launched her unique career as a lyricist and songwriter for TV programs. Mieko established herself as a premiere koto performer, playing a variety of styles for TV and radio appearances, performances held for official state visits, concerts and music festivals held by the Japanese embassies of a number of countries (including Iceland, Norway, and Belgium), performances at events in Italy, France, Belgium, Singapore, China, and Taiwan, and joint performances with many artists. As a songwriter, she wrote music for television, including the character songs for Fuji Television animation broadcast of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Friends, NHK TV childrenユs shows, and TV commercials, among which some of the music written for childrenユs programs became pop hits.

In 1999, at a concert commemorating victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, she gave a riveting solo performance of original koto music that was met with enthusiastic response, and marked a merging of her talents as a songwriter and performer.

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