Naoko Ichihashi graduated from Tokyo's Toho Music High school in 1981 and got to Indiana University in the same year to study the piano with György Sebök. In 1986, she was awarded the best accompanist at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
1987 Ichihashi graduated from the University of Indiana and moved to Finland and started to work at the Sibelius Academy. That same year, she became a member of Avanti! Which is a chamber orchestra. She made her first concert in Helsinki in 1990. In the years 1991-1992 he studied at Ecole Normal in Paris and received a diploma in Licence de concert. In 1993 she received the second prize at Oulu Chamber Music Competition. She has been a lecturer at the Sibelius Academy since 2014. She is a respected and active musician and is constantly performing at chamber music events and is a pianist of International Paulo Cello competition and Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.