★Chamber music ensemble "Opus 1"
From the left; Yuko Ando (viola), Mika Sato (piano), Reiko Otani (violin)
and Yutaka Hayashi (cello).
Please check the concert schedule of "Opus 1" from 'Concerts' page.
Born in Osaka, Mika Sato
studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music (High school division and Soloist
Diploma course). She continued her
studies at the Paris Conservatoire and graduated in 1997 with the Premier
Prix. She has studied with Michiko
Takeuchi, Pascal Dovayon, Jacques Rouvier, Naoyuki Inoue, Sumiko Mikimoto and
She won numerous
competition prizes such as the first prize at All Japan Students Music
Competition in 1987 (West, Junior-High school division), the second prize at
Japan Music Competition in 1993, sixth prize at the International Chopin
Competition in Warsaw in 2000, finalist diploma at the International Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow in 1998 and the special prize for her interpretation of
Chopin at the Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris in
Her dynamic performances have led to the brilliant engagements, including
recitals and concerts in Europe, Morocco and Japan.
She has performed with numerous orchestras such as the State Symphony
Orchestra of Russia, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw National
Philharmonic Orchestra, Niederostreichisches Tonkunstlerorchester, Gunma
Symphony Orchestra, The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic
Orchestra and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2001, she was invited to the Chopin Festival in Paris and in Dusznikach
Her concert appearances in Annecy (France) and in Gaming (Austria) were
Maxell has released her debut CD, the live recording from the Chopin
Competition. Her latest recording with
all Chopin programme will be released in autumn 2002.
Mika Sato continues to attract audiences with her musicianship and
Reiko Otani (Violin)
Born in Osaka, Reiko Otani studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music with
Toshiya Eto and Koichiro Harada. Since 1996, she studied with Igor Oistrakh at the Royal Conservatory in
Brussels and there she received the highest Masters degree with “the greatest
distinction” in 1998.
She won the
1st prize at the Japan Music Competition in 1993. In 1996 she captured the top prize at the Henryk Wieniawski International
Competition in Poznan, Poland.
She is also a laureate of the most prestigious international competitions
such as Spohr in Freiburg, Tokyo, Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, Hannover
and Sibelius in Helsinki.
Reiko Otani performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician in Japan
and abroad. She has performed as a
soloist with many orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Japan
Philharmonic, Kansai Philharmonic, and Kyoto Symphony. She has also invited to perform at many festivals including; festivals
in Kurashiki and Saito-Kinen. In addition, she has had the honor of performing for the Japanese Imperial
Family at Tokagakudo Hall in the Imperial Palace.
Miss Otani's international career has led her to perform extensively in
Europe as well. Ever since her sensational
debut at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall in Poland in 1996, she has made numerous
tours of Poland, performing with most major Polish orchestras as well as giving
recitals, including performances with the Sinfonia Varsovia under the direction
of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin and recital at the International Chopin Festival
in Duszniki. In 1999, she won the concerto competition at the International Salzburg
Summer Academy, and appeared in the prestigious Salzburg Music Festival. In 2000, under the baton of Philippe
Entremont, she performed with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in the Amsterdam
Concertgebouw. In the United States, she was invited to perform at the Santa Fe Chamber
Music Festival and La Jolla Summerfest.
In 2002, she gave recitals in Russia, Estonia, Germany, Netherlands and
Japan, and also performs as a soloist with many orchestras such as the
Kansai Philharmonic, the Kyoto Symphony, Kyushu Philharmonic and the Osaka
Yuko Ando (Viola)
A graduate of the Tokyo
University of Fine Arts and Music (BM, MM) student of Junji Suganuma, Yuko Ando
has won many prestigious prizes such as the first prize at the 3rd
Japan Chamber Music Competition, the second prize (top prize in duo section) at
the 17th Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition, and
was the semi-finalist at the 52nd Geneva International
Competition. She has also won Yasumi Award in 1994 and “The Most Distinguished New
Artist Award” of the Ogaki Music Festival 1997 in Japan.
Miss Ando has performed with the New Japan Philharmonic and frequently
appears in numerous music festivals including the festivals of Kiso Fukushima
After her successful recital in 1998, the renowned Japanese music
magazine Ongaku-no-Tomo reviewed as “the most outstanding concert in this
Currently, Miss Ando is
the principal violist of the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a
member of Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo and Japan Chamber
After graduating from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, Yutaka
Hayashi continued his studies at Musik Hochshule in Freiburg and graduated
as the top student in 1998. He studied with Ryoichi Hayashi,
Yasushi Horie, Reine Flachot, Keishi Miki, Boris Pergamenschikow and Christoph
Mr. Hayashi won the first prize at the Japan Music Competition in 1993,
and received diploma at the A. Tansman International Competition in Poland
in 1998. He has been received numerous awards for his
performances such as the Aoyama Music Award 1999, the Blue Meer Music Award
2000, the Matsukata Hall Music Award 2000 and the Kobe Governor Music Award
Former principal solo
cellist of Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Hayashi have also performed as a
soloist with numerous orchestras such as Nagoya Philharmonic, KBS Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Okko Kamu, the Tokyo City Philharmonic, the Tokyo
Symphony and the Osaka Century Orchestra.
Among them, his performance of Dvorak Concerto at the subscription
concert of the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra under the batton of Takashi Asahina
was highly acclaimed.
Currently Mr. Hayashi is
the principal cellist of Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka, and a lecturer of the Kobe