The 11th Competition


Katsushige SATO

Katsushige Sato graduated from Toho Gakuen Music High School with honors. He made his way to France, completing the Conservatoire de Paris with a premier prix and the École Normale de Musique de Paris with a diplôme supérieur de concertiste with honors by unanimous decision.

While winning prizes in competitions both at home and abroad, Sato has performed in numerous concerts. In 2000, he was selected as a representative of Japan and endorsed to participate in the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 2004, he returned to Japan after residing in France for 12 years. Since then, Sato has put particular emphasis on chamber music, and has established a mutual rapport with leading string and wind players of Japan.

Sato was the only Japanese pianist who worked with Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, and participated in its tour of Japan and Korea on the occasion the 160th anniversary of the orchestra’s foundation. His first solo CD, “Nocturne,” released in 2012, was among the choice CDs of Record Geijutsu (February, 2013, “Ongaku No Tomo Sha”) and achieved great acclaim. In six other chamber music recordings, he performed with such esteemed musicians as Alexei Tokarev (trumpet), Akio Ueki (cello), Hiroshi Arakawa (flute), Mayumi Ohira (violin), and Kaoru Tsuyuki (euphonium).

Sato writes for music journals, delivers lectures at seminars, and serves as a jury member for the Student Music Concours of Japan. He is a part-time lecturer at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and the Showa Academia Musicae. Sato has been an official piano accompanist at the International Oboe Competition of Japan since its 9th competition.

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