Shunsuke Sato

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Shunsuke Sato
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Shunsuke Sato in 2005
Background information
Born (1984-06-10) 10 June 1984 (age 35)
Tokyo, Japan
GenresClassical music
Shunsuke Sato in 2005

Shunsuke Sato (佐藤 俊介, Satō Shunsuke, born 10 June 1984 in Tokyo) is a Japanese born, classical and baroque violinist and violist.

Musical activities[edit]

Sato started his concert career in the United States at age 12, by winning the Young Concert Artists first prize in 1997,[1] performing throughout North America, Europe, and Japan as a soloist with orchestras such as Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra,[2] National Symphony Orchestra (United States), Minnesota Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Omsk Academy Symphony Orchestra,[3] Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gulbenkian Orchestra, and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sato's New York recital debut in 2000 was quoted as “his concert was a knockout...has developed an astonishing level of poise and musicality”in the New York Times by Allan Kozinn on 24 October 2000.[4]

In 2001, Sato became the youngest artist[failed verification] to perform Beethoven's violin concerto at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany, which was broadcast through Deutsche Welle.[5]

He was the recipient of a loan by Nippon Music Foundation[6] and a winner of Idemitsu Music Award in 2005 sponsored by Idemitsu Kosan, one of leading oil companies in Japan.

In 2007, as a violist, Sato recorded viola solo sonatas written for Sato by Akira Nishimura for Camerata Tokyo.[7]

Sato was mentored by Chin Kim, Dorothy DeLay[8] and trained and educated by Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School, Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute, Gérard Poulet at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Mary Utiger at Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen.

As a baroque violinist, he won the Second Prize and the Audience Award at the 17th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany in July, 2010.[9][10] The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan chose Sato to be a recipient of the New Face Prize in Music Division at its 65th Arts Festival based on his Baroque recital which took place in Tokyo on 29 October 2010.[11]

In 2011 October, Sato made his UK debut in Cambridge and London with the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of Richard Egarr, performing Niccolò Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 2 with gut strings on a period instrument.[12]
in 2013 December, Sato with German pianist and harpsichordist Andreas Staier performed duo recitals at the Izumi Hall in Osaka,[13] at the Toppan Hall in Tokyo,[14] Japan performing Mozart's sonatas.

In 2013 January, Sato was appointed concertmaster of the Netherlands Bach Society Orchestra, succeeding Johannes Leertouwer,[15] as well as of the Concerto Köln.[16]
In 2013 January, Sato received a special baroque violin - Giovanni Grancino, Milan around 1695 - on loan from the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[17]
In 2013 November, the Amsterdam School of the Arts announced their appointment of Sato as a guest teacher to the Early Music Department.[18]

In 2015 August, Sato made his Canadian debut in Montreal with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano, performing Johan Sebastian Bach's Violin Concerto No.1 with a period instrument.[19]
The live concert was recorded by Radio-Canada and nationally broadcast on Radio-Canada Télé, on ICI ARTV, on Radio-Canada's music network ICI Musique in 2015 Sep, and on in 2015 October.

In 2016 November, Antonio Vivaldi's the Four Seasons was recorded live in Kempen, Germany performing Concerto Köln with Sato as a soloist and was released by Berlin Classics.[20]

In 2016 September, Sato made his Australian debut in Sydney and Melbourne with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra under direction of Paul Dyer, performing Niccolò Paganini's Violin Concerto No.4 with gut strings. In the tour, Sato directed Felix Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 3 and Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite Op. 40. The live concert in Melbourne was recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM,in February 2017 it was released in CD from ABC Classics.[21]

On 11 May 2017, Sato was appointed to the 6th artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society (Nederlandse Bachvereniging) beginning on 1 June 2018, succeeding Jos van Veldhoven.[22]

On 16 Apr 2019, Sato received the 31st Music Award in Classical Music/Solo Performance by the Japan Music Pen Club.[23]

As the 6th artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society, Sato carried out a concert tour with the ensemble in Kyoto, Kanagawa, Hiroshima, and Tokyo Japan.[24]


Sato has released the following CDs.

* 2005 Eugène Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin (Label: Live Notes)
Recorded: August 2004/Released: January 2005
Daily Yomiuri: The Best New CD Of The Month (February 2005)
Asahi Shimbun: The Critics' Recommendation (February 2005)
Mainichi Daily News: The Critics' Choice (February 2005)

  1. Sonata in G minor op.27 no.1
  2. Sonata in A minor op.27 no.2
  3. Sonata in D minor "Ballade" op.27 no.3
  4. Sonata in E minor op.27 no.4
  5. Sonata in G major op.27 no.5
  6. Sonata in E major op.27 no.6

* 2006 Preludes: Favorite Miniatures (Label: Live Notes)
Recorded: November 2005/Released: March 2006
(composer: see below/ piano: Takashi Sato)

  1. George Gershwin~Heifetz:Three Preludes
  2. Lili Boulanger:: Nocturne
  3. Victor Herbert:・À la Valse
  4. Piotr Tchaikovsky~Auer:Lensky's Aria
  5. Percy Grainger~Kreisler:Molly on the Shore
  6. Antonín Dvořák~Kreisler:Songs My Mother Taught Me
  7. Alfredo D'Ambrosio~Elman:Serenade
  8. Manuel Ponce~Heifetz:Estrellita
  9. Jacques Ibert~Heifetz:Le petit âne blanc
  10. Robert Schumann~Milstein:Abendlied
  11. Cecile Chaminade~Kreisler:Sérénade espagnole
  12. Moritz Moszkowski~Sarasate:Guitarre
  13. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov~Kreisler:Chanson arabe
  14. Felix Winternitz~Kreisler:Dance of the Marionette
  15. Claude Debussy~Roque:La plus que lente
  16. Henryk Wieniawski~Kreisler:Caprice in E-flat
  17. Henryk Wieniawski;Polonaise Brillante

* 2007 Edvard Grieg: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Label: Live Notes)
Recorded: June 2007/Released: October 2007
Grand Prize awarded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Government of Japan), 62nd National Arts Festival 2007 [25]
Contents(composer:Edvard Grieg/ piano:Takashi Sato)

  1. Sonata no.1 in F major, op.8
  2. Sonata no.2 in G major, op.13
  3. Sonata no.3 in C minor, op.45

* 2008 Shunske Sato Plays: Violin and Viola Solo Sonatas by Akira Nishimura (Label: Camerata)
Recorded: March 2007 /Released: March 2008
Contents: (composer:Akira Nishimura)

  1. Sonata No. 1 for violin ('Incantation') (2005)
  2. Sonata No. 2 for violin ('Trance Medium')(2005)
  3. Sonata No. 3 for violin ('Characters of flame')(2007)
  4. Monologue for solo violin (1995)
  5. Sonata No. 1 for viola ('Whirl dance') (2005)
  6. Sonata No. 2 for viola ('Mantra on the C string')(2007)
  7. Fantasia on 'Song of the Birds', for viola (2005)
  8. Threnody, for viola (1999)

* 2009 Nicolò Paganini: 24 Caprices, op.1 (world premiere recording on period instrument) (Label: UCJ Japan)
Recorded: January 2009/Released: April 2009
Daily Yomiuri: The Best New CD Of The Month (May 2009)
Mainichi Daily News: The Critics' Choice (May 2009)
CD Journal:The Choice of the mouth(May 2009)
Record Geijutsu: The best album of the month(June 2009)
Early Music America Magazine (Volume 17, Number 4, Winter 2011): IN CONCLUSION Hats Off, Gentle People! Is the Revolution Over? (by Anthony Martin)
Contents(composer: Nicolo Paganini:24 Caprices Op.1)

  1. Caprice no.1 in E major
  2. Caprice no.2 in B minor
  3. Caprice no.3 in E minor
  4. Caprice no.4 in C minor
  5. Caprice no.5 in A minor
  6. Caprice no.6 in G minor
  7. Caprice no.7 in A minor
  8. Caprice no.8 in Eb major
  9. Caprice no.9 in E major
  10. Caprice no.10 in G minor
  11. Caprice no.11 in C major
  12. Caprice no.12 in Ab major
  13. Caprice no.13 in Bb major
  14. Caprice no.14 in Eb major
  15. Caprice no.15 in E minor
  16. Caprice no.16 in G minor
  17. Caprice no.17 in Eb major
  18. Caprice no.18 in C major
  19. Caprice no.19 in Eb major
  20. Caprice no.20 in D major
  21. Caprice no.21 in A major
  22. Caprice no.22 in F major
  23. Caprice no.23 in Eb major
  24. Caprice no.24 in A minor

* 2011 Joseph Haydn:『Oxford』、Violin Concerto No.1、Ludwig van Beethoven:Symphony No.2 Hidemi Suzuki&Orchestra Libera Classica、Shunske Sato(Label:Arte Dell'arco Japan) Concert Live Recorded: 24 October 2010 / Released: 26 May 2011
Daily Yomiuri: The Recommended New CD Of The Month (June 2011)


  1. Haydn:Violin Concerto No.1 in C Major Hob.VIIa:1
  2. Haydn:Symphony No.92 in G Major Hob.I:92『Oxford』
  3. Beethoven:Symphony No.2 in D Major op.36

* 31 July 2012 Georg Philipp Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Violin without Bass (Label: Live Notes)
The Record Geijutsu: The Editor's Choice (Oct 2012)
The Ongakuno Tomo: The Best New Cd of the Month (Sep 2012)
Recorded: December 2011/Released: 31 July 2012
Daily Yomiuri: The Best New CD Of The Month (Aug 2012)
Asahi Shimbun : The Critics' Recommendation (Aug 2012)
CD Journal: Editor's Choice (Sep 2012)

Contents(composer: Georg Philipp Telemann:12 Fantasias for Violin without Bass)

  1. Fantasia no.1 in B-flat major TWV
  2. Fantasia no.2 in G major TWV
  3. Fantasia no.3 in F minor TWV
  4. Fantasia no.4 in D major TWV
  5. Fantasia no.5 in A major TWV
  6. Fantasia no.6 in E minor TWV
  7. Fantasia no.7 in E-flat major TWV
  8. Fantasia no.8 in E major TWV
  9. Fantasia no.9 in B minor TWV
  10. Fantasia no.10 in D major TWV
  11. Fantasia no.11 in F major TWV
  12. Fantasia no.12 in A minor TWV

* 20 October 2014 Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven: Haydn Symphony No. 67, Mozart Violin Concerto No.1, Beethoven Symphony No.4 Hidemi Suzuki&Orchestra Libera Classica、Shunske Sato (Label:Arte Dell'arco Japan)


  1. Mozart:Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat Major K.207
  2. Haydn:Symphony No.67 in F Major Hob.I-67
  3. Beethoven:Symphony No.4 in B flat Major op.60

* 18 November 2016 Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Concerto Köln & Shunske Sato (Berlin Classics Germany)

The Best Classical Music Album of the year by Deutschlandradio [26]

The Best Classical Album of the year by Junge Weld [27]


  1. Concerto No. 1 in E major The Four Seasons: Spring Op. 8, No.1 RV 269
  2. Concerto No. 2 in G minor The Four Seasons: Summer Op. 8, No.2 RV 315
  3. Concerto No. 3 in F major The Four Seasons: Autumn Op. 8, No.3 RV 293
  4. Concerto No. 4 in F minor The Four Seasons: Winter Op. 8, No.4 RV 297

* 3 February 2017 The Romantics - Grieg | Mendelssohn | Paganini Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Shunske Sato (ABC Classics Australia)


  1. EDVARD GRIEG: From Holberg's Time – Suite in the Olden Style
  2. FELIX MENDELSSOHN: String Symphony No. 3 in E minor
  3. NICCOLÒ PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor

* 26 October 2018 Bach: Violin Concertos Shunske Sato, Il Pomo d'Oro (orchestra), Zefira Valova (Rhino Warner Classics) The Record Geijutsu: The Editor's Choice The best album of the month (Dec 2018)
Gramophone: Editor's Choice (Jan 2019)[28][29]


  1. J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor BWV1041
  2. J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major BWV1042
  3. J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV1043
  4. J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 5 in G minor (Arr. Forkel) BWV1056R

* 7 May 2019 Étienne Méhul, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn: Méhul Opera "Stratonice" Overture, Beethoven Violin Concerto, Haydn Symphony No.94 Hob.I:94 "Surprise" Hidemi Suzuki&Orchestra Libera Classica、Shunske Sato (Label:Arte Dell'arco Japan)


  1. Méhul:Opera "Stratonice" Overture
  2. Beethoven:Violin Concerto in D Major op.61
  3. Haydn:Symphony No.94 in G Major Hob.I-94 "Surprise"

The Record Geijutsu: The Editor's Choice (Aug 2019)
The Asahi Shimbun : The Critics' Recommendation (Jul 2019) [30]

* 1 Aug 2019 Johann Sebastian Bach: J.S.Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin / Shunsuke Sato (Label: ACOUSTIC REVIVE)
Recorded: 1–4 May, 31, 2 June 2017/Released: 1 August 2019

Contents(composer: Johann Sebastian Bach:Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin

  1. Sonata no.1 in G minor BWV1001
  2. Partita no.1 in B minor BWV1002
  3. Sonata no.2 in A minor BWV1003
  4. Partita no.2 in D minor BWV1004
  5. Sonata no.3 in C major BWV1005
  6. Partita no.3 in E major BWV1006

The Record Geijutsu: The Editor's Choice The best album of the month (Nov 2019)
The Ongakuno Tomo: The Best New Cd of the Month (Nov 2012)
Asahi Shimbun: For Your Collection Classic The Best Disc (17 Oct 2019)[31]
Daily Yomiuri: The Best New CD Of The Month (17 Oct 2019) [32]
CD Journal: The Choice of the Month (27 Aug 2019)[33]


  1. ^ Young Concert Artists Official Site see Alumni section year 1997
  3. ^ Билетомск Звучание Востока April 2008
  4. ^ New York Times by Allan Kozinn 24 October 2000
  5. ^ Shunsuke Sato at the Beethoven Festival 2001 by Rick Fulker 22 March 2002 at DW site
  6. ^ Music Foundation (EN) see recipients
  7. ^ Whirl Dance: Shunské Sato plays Akira Nishimura reviewed by James Manheim
  8. ^ Teaching Genius:Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musician by Barbara Sand 2005 Hal Leonard Corporation p.82
  9. ^ XVII International J.S. Bach Competition in Leipzig Official Site
  10. ^ Internationaler Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Wettbewerb MITTELDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK Site
  11. ^ Agency for Cultural Affairs announced the prize winners in 2010 Arts Festival Archived 30 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Shunské Sato and the Academy of Ancient Music serve a dazzling Paganini
  13. ^ "Izumi Hall Calendar 2013 Dec"
  14. ^ "Andreas Steier Project 8"
  15. ^ Shunske Sato concertmeester van De Nederlandse Bachvereniging[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Concerto Köln Muziker"
  17. ^ The result of the auditions 2012
  18. ^ "Conservatorium van Amsterdam announces that Violinist Shunske Sato to join the Early Music Department as a guest teacher" Archived 19 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ OSM's classical spree a success
  20. ^ "The Four Seasons : Berlin Classics". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
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  25. ^ the 62nd National Arts Festival List of prize winners by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Archived 24 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Deutschlandradio Kultur Das beste Klassikalbum
  27. ^ Junge Weld Jahresrückblick 2016. Heute: Die besten Platten, Filme, Bücher, Ausstellungen, Comics, Trainer
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