Takamizu is a master in both the Koto and the Sangen (Shamisen)
in the Miyagi Branch of the Ikuta School. She began her musical
career at the age of 19 in Japan under the tutelage of Grand Master
Yoshie Shino. She then continued her musical studies in New York
with Grand Master Reiko Gasen Kamata. Mutsumi has performed in the
New England including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Recital
Hall, the Nippon Club, St. Peters Church and the Japan Society.
has also given lectures/demonstrations on the history of the Koto
at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Morikami
Museum in Florida. Currently, she is performing and teaching privately
in New York.