Area Representative: Japan
Ai Kokiso is a vocal coach based in Tokyo, Japan. She was a dancer and childhood actress from ages three to fifteen years old in Japan, performing as Clara for The Nutcracker, and in a part for Boris Godunov with the Kirov Opera, as well as in television dramas, movies, and TV commercials. When she was six years old, she started studies in vocal, piano, and solfège. Step-by-step, she gained an interest in music, especially with singing.
After she graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae Senior High School, Ai traveled to the UK and the US where she studied vocal technique with lots of jazz, soul, and R&B singers in New York, including a Grammy award–nominated jazz singer.
In 2010, she became a Speech Level Singing™ (SLS) certified teacher. She left SLS in 2013 and is now an IVA Advanced-certified teacher. She has taught with professional singers, backing vocalists, actors, voice actors, and narrators in Japan. She holds a fun vocal class in the Lifelong Learning Center in her local city, teaching kids at kindergarten and high schools.
Ai now enjoys teaching and performing in Tokyo and in Kanagawa’s soul, R&B, and jazz music scene.