Reian Bennett received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton
in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Chinese Arts History from Yale in 1984. Japanese
music became a major interest while she pursued her academic studies,
and in 1982; two years before she received her Ph.D., she became
a shakuhachi Shihan and received her performing name, Reian. In
March of this year, Reian Bennett was further awarded the rank of
grand master. Reian Bennett's teacher is Aoki Reibo; she has trained
in the Reibo-kai techniques and style for twenty years.