MARIKO ANNO holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance and Literature, with a minor in Ethnomusicology, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research explores the musical aspects of traditional and contemporary noh. Since 2005, she has lived in Japan and researched the musical aspects of traditional noh with professional noh performers and scholars. She is a specialist in the nohkan (noh flute) and has trained extensively with Issô Yukihiro, Richard Emmert, and Issô Yôji. Additionally, she is well versed in other aspects of noh having trained in ko-tsuzumi with Sowa Masahiro, shimai and utai with Richard Emmert, Oshima Kinue, and Omura Sadamu, taiko with Mishima Gentarô, and ô-tsuzumi with Kakihara Takashi. Presently, she teaches at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and is a certified Alexander Technique teacher.