Tsubasa Hori was born in 1976 in Kyoto, Japan.
Tsubasa started playing piano at age 3 and taiko at age 11. In 1990 she entered the Kyoto Horikawa Music High School to study Western classical percussion and theory. After graduating, she became a rock drummer.
In 1996 she entered the apprenticeship centre of Kodo, a group of taiko (Japanese traditional drums) based in Sado Island, Japan, then became a member of Kodo in 1999. With Kodo she performed in more than 20 countries. She played taiko and other percussion instruments, koto (Japanese traditional instrument from the zither family) and also danced traditional folk dances – even some acrobatic repertoire – and sang folk songs. Until 2010, the year she left Kodo, she was a main performer and composer of the group.
Tsubasa is also a composer and arranger. Her style is based on her intensive research of music and dance all over Japan. She now lives in Antwerp (Belgium) and has worked on several projects with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui including Play, Rein, Labyrinth and TeZukA.