Meet Our Founder, President and Executive Director
As one of the founding members of the Harmony For Peace Foundation, Ms. Torii has been managing the total operation of the foundation since its inception in late 2009. Ms. Torii and two other founding members, felt a desire to build a platform for providing musical presentations to create opportunities to share a stage for peace making with artists world wide. The strong effort was focused in bringing awareness globally among young people. She currently serves the foundation as President and Executive Director. The Foundation promotes cross-cultural understanding through the arts, to serve as a bridge among nations and to promote mutual respect, for a common path to world peace aiming for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Having lived, studied and worked in three continents, Ms. Torii has been exposed to peoples from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Three generations of musical and artistic heritage has equipped her with a keen sense of artistic offerings that cross national borders. The Foundation is making its voices heard by organizing performances, exhibitions, and advocacy, working for a united voice of reason for nonviolence and nonproliferation across the globe, and placing focus on peace for our children and their children for a conflict-free world.
Ms. Torii has over thirty years experience leading her own group of international companies and consulting to many leading global corporations. Aided by an early career focus on cross-cultural communications, in 1982 Ms. Torii founded International Communications Consultancy, Inc. (ICC), specializing in business communication, international conference coordination, global marketing enhancement, sales and service strategies. These assignments included the production of corporate videos which earned Ms. Torii the “ITVA Golden Reel” award in 1982, as well as nominations at various international business video festivals. The company’s broadcasting assignments include working with CRB Station, Fuji TV, Nippon TV, and TBS covering foreign language scriptwriting and reporting assignments.
Ms. Torii is internationally known for her myriad accomplishments in the areas of business, the visual arts, classical dance, and Ikebana. She became in 1984 the first Japanese to coordinate and conduct a Kabuki workshop in English with Japan’s leading Kabuki actor, Ishikawa Ennosuke. In the mid 80’s, Ms. Torii worked with Matsuyama Ballet Company, one of the most celebrated and internationally known ballet companies in Japan, coordinating their world tour and performances. In 1997, she was responsible for bringing forty masters of Ikebana from Japan to Philadelphia for their award winning center exhibit at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show (PNC Bank Award, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Flower Show 1997). In 1999, Ms. Torii coordinated, “Sho & Ki”, the Japanese calligraphy exhibit of the Hokuriku Academy of Japan, the first and largest calligraphy exhibition in the US by 150 professional calligraphy artists, at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and master classes at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
In 1999, Ms. Torii founded InterMusica, a NPO dedicated to the promotion of cultural exchange through music and the arts as well as music education for children and youth focusing on multicultural exchange. Since 1996, Ms. Torii has been serving the Japanese community in the Greater Philadelphia region, first as Vice President and followed by President of the Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia. She currently serves the community as President Emeritus. She also served on the boards of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Opera Guild and the Women's Committee of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Torii was educated in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, has degrees from Sophia University, Japan, Diplomas from The University of Westminster and Cambridge University, London and Certifications from Simul Academy, Tokyo and Cabrini College, Philadelphia.