Nobu's musical world is always expanding. Her passion for music from all over the world, combined with her versatility and flexibility, allows her to embrace many styles including classical, jazz, Japanese, Arabic, and Brazilian music. She has been described as "a bracing new dimension" (The London Independent) and "most beautiful." (The New York Sun)
Nobu has performed throughout Japan, USA, and Europe, including at the City of London Festival, Glastonbury Festival, BBC Proms in the Park, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Currently residing in New York City, Nobu performs with pianist Emi Inaba, Bassam Saba and the New York Arabic Orchestra, Taiko Masala, Sonny Ochiai Ensemble (classical Okinawan), and Songs of Jupiter. As a composer, Nobu has written works for theatre and chamber ensembles, often including instruments from around the world like the tabla, 'oud, shinobue, and taiko.
Originally from Chigasaki, Japan, Nobu completed her undergraduate studies in flute performance with Thomas Robertello and Kate Lukas at Indiana University, Bloomington and also holds a Masters in Music in ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK.
Nobu is also an active educator and incorporates her experience in diversity education and creative learning for kids in her teaching. In addition to teaching flute and shinobue from her home in the Upper West Side, she is also a Teaching Artist for Global Arts To Go and a faculty member at the Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx. She is currently developing a flute curriculum that embraces music from all over the world, as well as improvisation and composition, with the goal of nurturing happy, creative, and confident musicians/young persons.