Kiyoko Takeuti was born in Tokyo and studied with Max Egger and Soulima Stravinsky before coming to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she continued her studies with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Her performing career began with solo recitals at the age of eleven, and at nineteen, she was a winner of the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, DC. She has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and many other orchestras. She has been a participant at the Marlboro and Luzern Music Festivals and performs extensively in chamber music concerts and recitals. She joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1985 as the orchestra pianist.