Ryo Okumoto was born in Osaka, Japan. He began playing classical piano at the age of three and continued through 13. He became a professional musician at the age of 15 performing at the Live House in Osaka for a year. Because of his great desire to learn more about different styles of music and his strong independence, he moved to Tokyo at the age of 16. Ryo performed in nightclubs and discos for the next five years.
It was 1994 when Ryo became part of Progressive Rock group Spock's Beard. The band quickly hit the top of the prog scene with many successful European and US tours. Their tenth studio album, X, was released in 2010, and the band are currently recording a new album after releasing a live CD/DVD from thier popular 2010 tour.
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