Born in Tokyo in 1956, Akemi Naito received undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition from the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and was on the school's faculty from 1980 to 1991. She was awarded the Takei Prize in 1982 and was a finalist of the Music Today Composition Award in 1982
and 1988. A grant from the Asian Cultural Council allowed her to move to New York City in 1991
and continue her career in the United States. Other honors and awards include the first Aaron Copland award from the Copland House Residence; fellowships from Yaddo, the Bellagio Center, MacDowell and Millay colonies; a Chamber Music America commission; a NYFA fellowship.Naito's works have been featured in music festivals such as PASIC (Dallas), Gaudeamus, Melbourne, Japan Society (NYC) and Music Today International (Tokyo); Musica Scienza Roma; For Internacional de Musica Nueva (Mexico); on Aki Takahashi's Hyper Beatles (EMI), Norio Sato's Ko-Tha (ALM), and the CRI release devote to her work, Strings and Time. An upcoming release on Bridge Records features four works composed between 1998 and 2002.