Shinobu Sato

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Shinobu Sato
Background information
Born (1955-06-05) June 5, 1955 (age 61)
Origin Kobe, Japan
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Guitarist, Teacher, Composer
Years active 1988-present
Labels Waterbug Records, Flying Fish Records
Website [1]

Shinobu Sato (born June 5, 1955), is a Japanese classical artist. Shinobu debuted in 1988 with the tape Red Dragonfly: World Music on Guitar, which was released on audio CD in 1992. His second major album, Little Signs of Autumn was released on audio CD in 1994.


Early life[edit]

Shinobu was born in Kobe, Japan, and began playing the acoustic guitar at the age of 13. He emigrated to the United States in 1979[1] after meeting his future wife Katherine Larson. He has the ability to play the guitar either left- or right-handed.

Early career[edit]

Shinobu began working in Los Angeles, California as a waiter, while trying to establish his career as a musician. He received his economics degree in Japan and his masters in Music History and Guitar from Northeastern Illinois University.

Current work[edit]

Shinobu teaches guitar to students of all ages throughout the northside of Chicago, Illinois.

Personal life[edit]

Shinobu is father to 30-year-old Ian Junpei Sato, 26-year-old Colin Makito Sato, and 22-year-old Maya Hikari Sato. He married Katherine Larson, an associate professor in the English Language Academy at the DePaul University, in 1983.