A graduate of the Toho Gakuen School of Music,Kato now lives in the United States. While still a student she went to Europe to study at the Rotterdam Conservatory, from which she graduated at the top of her class. Even as a student she attracted attention for a high level of technical skill, musicality, and artistry, and has demonstrated her natural genius as a soloist in the marimba and other percussion instruments. She has also performed with famous composers and musicians including Toru Takemitsu, Steve Reich, and Franco Donatoni. In addition to her solo activities, she also participates in domestic and international groups that perform around the world.