A Japanese musician, a prominent koto and shamisen player
Mrs. Seiritsu Tomio was born in Setagaya, a special ward of Tokyo. Started learning how to play koto and shamisen with her mother, Seijo Tominari, when she was three years old; then continued her studies with Mr. Seikin Tomiyama when she turned fifteen.
In 1985, Mrs. Seiritsu Tomio was qualified as Natori of the Ikuta ryu school, i. e. obtained the right for using her own scenic name in the specializations of koto and shamisen playing. Later, she graduated from the Philology Department of Gakushuin University in Toshima, a special ward of Tokyo. In 1987, Mrs. Seiritsu Tomio passed her training course for qualified performers of Japanese traditional music under a program of the NHK. In 1988, she participated as a performer in the Good Will Mission "Setagaya — Vienna".
In 1990, she obtained a master’s qualification in the specializations of koto and shamisen playing, together with her scenic name Tomio. In 1996, she passed the NHK auditions and became a participant of the program “Tokyo Inter Arts” in Côte-d’Ivoire. In 1998, Mrs. Seiritsu Tomio participated in international master classes under an exchange program between Banbury (a city in Western Australia) and Setagaya (a ward of Tokyo).
In 2001, she performed at the opening ceremony of the City Conference for Sisters of Mercy in Banbury. Since 2005, she has been hosted by an international festival "The Heart of Japan" of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Japanese Traditional Music Research Center at the Kyoto City University of Arts.