Sumiko Sato is a Composer/Pianist and Japanese native who finished her doctorate at the University of Washington in Composition. She studied composition with Ken Benshoof and Richard Karpen, and piano with Patricia Michaelian. She has also worked with many of her contemporary Seattle musicians in the ’90s. Her music is often inspired by sound in nature. She attempts to create music with colorful language in unorthodox approach. In performing, she explores diverse genres, especially western classical, Japanese folk, jazz, popular, and rock, incorporating free or fixed improvisation. She is a recipient of the Thanatopolis Concert Prize for her chamber orchestra work.
Artist Support Program 2015: Nanbu Sakaya Uta Project Vol. 1, original compositions for solo piano and piano-based instrumentation, inspired by traditional work songs for sake master brewers in northern Japan.