Asako joined the violin section of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2001. She has performed chamber music, solo recitals and international music festivals in the U.S., Costa Rica, Austria, and the Pacific Music Festival in her hometown of Sapporo, Japan. Asako has also played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Key West Symphony Orchestra.
She began studying the violin in Japan when she was five years old. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, studying with Sylvia Rosenberg and Victor Danchenko. Asako performed extensively with the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble in Baltimore, a contemporary music group collaborating with composers, poets, and visual artists.
Asako pursues her interest in various styles of music and her love of chamber music by collaborating with St. Louis’ innovative jazz, world, pop, and electronica artists. She has performed at the Whitaker Jazz Festival, as well as at benefit concerts for nonprofit organizations such as Jazz St. Louis, Play It Forward, and Live Feed. Asako was commissioned to compose and perform the original soundtrack for a HEC-TV documentary film, Wallace Herndon Smith: Artist Without Boundaries.