Sayo Lipman, a native of Japan, started playing the harp at the age of 9. She graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music High School and continued her studies at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she obtained her Bachelor in Harp, as well as her Music Teacher's License.
Sayo was the 3rd prize winner of the 8th Japan International Harp Competition. Upon her graduation, she pursued her studies at Indiana University (USA.) with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald. She completed her Master's degree in Harp as a full scholarship recipient.
Sayo also obtained both Artist Diploma and Performer's Diploma. During her studies at Indiana University, she was awarded the Performance Certificate - the greatest honor granted by the School of Music, to outstanding students, on the basis of exceptional recital delivery.
Sayo also taught as an Associate Instructor for the harp department of Indiana University, for a period of two years. She has given numerous solo harp recitals, as well as performances with regional orchestras, both in Japan and the USA.