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Hisaya Sato

The performances of Hisaya Sato, violinist, have been praised in newspapers throughout Europe. Critics refer to him as "a virtuoso of the soul", "a master performer", "genius" and refer to his performances as "an outpouring of passion", "a beauty of lovely cursive", "maintaining an unparalleled and uniquely rich tone", "a most heavenly color and atmosphere". Mostly Classic magazine listed Hisaya among the "Master violinists of the world" in 2012, in both the active artists ranking and the overrall ranking.

His performances include solo and chamber music appearances through out Germany, France, England, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, The Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Japan. Appearances as soloist with orchestras include engagements with The Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Romania State Philharmonic, Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Santiago, as well as engagements with orchestras throughout Japan. Broadcasting engagements as a soloist include concerts with German Radio, Radio France, Radio Italien and NHK Japan.

Chamber Music engagements include tours throughout Germany, Asia, The Middle East, Oceania and USA. In demand as an orchestral leader, hisaya is frequently invited as the guest-concertmaster with major orchestras in Japan and abroad.

Since 2002, Hisaya has offered a series of violin recitals in Tokyo at various venues. An accomplished recitalist, he has given first performances of romantic violin pieces by European composers including as Wilhelmj, Ondricek, Vecsey, Zsolt, Prihoda, Vladigerov, Furtwangler, Thuille. Koessler, Vruels, Bowen, Hubay and others at his series of Tokyo recitals. His solo performances has been chosen among the "The Top 10 Concerts of the Year" in one of the most prominent music magazines in Japan.

Recent CD recordings include the Violin Sonatas of Felix Weingartner and the Violin Concertos of Akira Ifukube, "Lament (Rare Violin pieces)", "Tristan und Isolde (Richard Wagner Transcriptions and Paraphrases for Violin)", "Der Ring des Nibelungen (Richard Wagner Transcriptions and Paraphrases for Violin)", "Ode Erotique (Rare Violin pieces)" and "HISAYA Violin of the Magical Sphere". He is also the prizewinner of numerous international competitions including the "Ruggiero Ricci Masters", "Lugano", Luis Sigall", "Belgrade" and "Viotti" competitions.

Born in Akita, Japan in 1972, Hisaya Sato began studying the piano at the age of five and then the violin at the age of nine. he has attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, University of Music Saarland, The Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Walter Stauffer Academy Cremona as well as Berlin university of the Arts.

Hisaya's teachers include Yoko Seto, Takashi Shimizu, Bela Katana, Takaya Urakawa, Valery Klimov, Igor Oistrakh, Salvatore Accardo, Ruggiero Ricci, Ivry Gitlis and Yehudi Menuhin.

He performs using a violin of Josef Guadagnini, made in 1783.


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