Toshiko Kohno, born in Tokyo, has been Principal Flutist of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1978. She studied with Doriot Anthony Dwyer, former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and with Joseph Mariano at the Eastman School of Music. Before coming to the National Symphony she played in the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony. First prize winner of the 1973 Geneva International Competition, she has made solo appearances with numerous orchestras, including l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at the Marlboro and Aspen Music Festivals, and has been on the faculty of the Affinis Music Festival in Japan.