A native of Japan, Toru Momii received his B.A. in music and economics from Vassar College (Phi Beta Kappa). Following a brief stint at an investment bank in Tokyo, he received an M.A. in music theory from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montréal.
His current research interests include the analysis of instrumental gestures in gagaku, contemporary popular music in North America and Japan, performance analysis, intersections of race and music theory, and transcultural practices in twentieth-century Western art music. Toru has presented his research at various national and international conferences, including the annual (SMT) and regional (NECMT, MTSMA, MTSE) meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the Congress of the International Musicological Society (IMS), and Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM).
In the summer of 2017, Toru received a grant from the Institutive of Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia University to study shō performance with Mayumi Miyata, Remi Miura, and the Ono Gagaku-kai Ensemble in Tokyo. He remains an active member of the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble.