Somei Satoh

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Somei Satoh
佐藤 聰明
Born(1947-01-19)January 19, 1947
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Somei Satoh (佐藤 聰明, Satō Sōmei, born January 19, 1947 in Sendai, Japan) is a Japanese composer of contemporary music. His compositions mix Japanese court music with European romanticism and electronic music.[1]

His musical career began with an experimental, mix media group called "Tone Field" in Tokyo. He studied at Nihon University of Art in the early 1970s[2] and is primarily self-taught in composition. In 1972 and 1981, Satoh produced two other experimental projects, the latter involved placing eight speakers approximately one kilometer apart on nearby mountain tops overlooking a huge valley. In 1985, he collaborated with theater designer Manuel Luetgenhorst to stage his music at The Arts at St. Ann's in Brooklyn, New York.[3]

He wrote his violin concerto for Anne Akiko Meyers.[citation needed]

He currently[when?] lives in Tokyo.[citation needed]



  • Japan Arts Festival, 1980
  • Asian Cultural Council, 1983


  1. ^ Lebrecht, Norman (1996). The Companion to 20th-century Music. Da Capo Press. p. 301. ISBN 9780306807343.
  2. ^ "Somei Satoh Profile". Mode Records. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Somei Satoh".

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