Pianist Emiko Sato is a sought-after solo and chamber musician both in the U.S. and in Japan.

After completing her Bachelor’s degree at the Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Emiko moved to New York in 2001. She completed her Master’s degree and Professional Studies diploma at Mannes School of Music as a scholarship recipient. In February 2015, she conquered the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the CUNY Graduate Center; her doctorate dissertation: “The Finales of Robert Schumann’s Piano Sonatas and Fantasy” was nominated for the Barry Brook Dissertation Award 2015.

During her years in the U.S., she especially worked on the music of Robert Schumann, and she has been constantly performing Schumann’s works in recitals since 2003.

Emiko has served as a member of the adjunct Music faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, Emiko has also served both as music director and pianist in a summer festival, “The Designing Dichterliebe: Celebrating Chamber Works by Robert Schumann” in Summer 2010.

Spring 2015, Emiko was awarded the grant from the Music Society of the Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, which made her possible to make her debut recital in Japan in March 2016, took place in Arukas Hall, Osaka. The recital was titled “A Romantic Evening–What is Romantic?” featuring her favorite works by Romantic Composers including Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Ponce, Chopin and Schumann.

She has also actively performed in the fundraising concerts to support victims of Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami (New York, 2011), Ukrainian Conflict (Chicago, 2015) . After returning to Japan, she has also performed in the fundraising concert for the victims of Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami held in Kyoto (December 2015), which was produced by a Japanese Composer Noriko Nakamura.

In addition to her main study on Romanticism in Classical Music, her 14 years of studying and living experience in NY encouraged her to promote the understanding of the cross-cultural influence on music, and to promote international friendship through music. In October 2016 she was featured in the interview article “My 24 hours” of Sankei Newspaper, in which she shared her studying experience in New York City. (For English Translation, please visit the Press page.)

For this, Emiko was invited to perform several times for the international friendship receptions at the House of Consul General of America in Kobe. At the Musikfest Nara 2016, she appeared as a member of a crossover ensemble “NICE-TO MeeTrio” where she presented works by American composers, introducing the immigrant composers, who contributed the crossover in music.

Emiko has been the recipient of awards and scholarships, including, Shokeikai Society of Music Grant, Matsusita Kimiko Scholarship, the Ishimura Masako Award and the Niijima Award in her native Japan and Mannes merit scholarship in the U.S..

Emiko studied piano with Dr. Arkady Aronov, Irina Morozova, Morey Ritt, Svetla V. Protich, Yoko Hachiya and Yumiko Tanikawa; chamber music with Daniel & Todd Philips (members of the Orion Quartet), Marcy Rosen, Rolf Schulte and Ann Setzer; musical analysis with Dr. Carl Schachter and Noriko Nakamura.

Her debut solo album, “Romantic Moment, ” the collection of piano works from the Romantic Era, will be released in Summer 2019 from Rapt Sound.


To find out more about Emiko’s project please visit the Schedule and Projects pages!