Born in Japan in 1965, Ms. Kaneko graduated from the composition class at Toho Gakuen School of Music in 1988, and completed postgraduate studies in 1994. She went to study in France with a French Government scholarship in 1990. She then began to study at the Paris Conservatoire. She also attended the Summer Music Festivals in Avignon and Darmstadt with scholarships in 1992. In September 1997, she went to Paris to study at IRCAM. She is at present a full-time professor of Toho Gakuen School of Music.