Native of Tokyo, Izumi NISHIZAWA graduated from Interenational Christian University(Tokyo, Japan) majoring art history. Pursuing her musical interest, she starts her study in music in United States. After graduating NewEngland Conservatory(Boston, MA), Manhattan School of Music (NewYork, NY) and Tanglewood Music Festival, she joined New World Symphony as an oboist. She took position with Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and also performed at NewYork Philharmonic.
Returning to live in Tokyo in 2001, she meets a magically charming felt hat in Bakuro-cho, Tokyo, and starts making felt products.
Since 2014 Ms. Nishizawa lives in Shanghai, China.