Saoko Blendis started playing the violin at the age of 3 in Tokyo using the Suzuki method and changed to the piano at the age of 4. After graduating from Sophia University in Tokyo with a BA in journalism, she studied piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music and gained a postgraduate diploma. Since then she has played with a wide variety of musicians including her violinist husband Simon Blendis. She now accompanies for exams, festivals, summer courses, and concerts, and has a close relationship with Lauderdale Suzuki that began when her son started learning the violin there at the age of 3.