Saki Kato is a Japanese classical guitarist who has performed extensively all over the world, including concerts across the UK and Europe, as well as in Australia, China, Taiwan, and Japan. She has appeared as soloist with orchestra multiple times, most recently in concerts with the Welsh Sinfonia, performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
In 2019 she gave her solo debut recital at the Wigmore Hall in London for the Julian Bream Trust, giving the world premiere of Edward Cowie’s Stream and Variations. In 2021 she is recording this and a number of Cowie’s chamber pieces for the Divine Arts Metier label.
She is extremely passionate about working with living composers, and has worked closely with Judith Bingham, Geoffrey Poole, Timothy Bowers, and Edward Cowie.
Saki regularly performs in the Miyabi Duo, which is a fellowship ensemble at Wigmore Hall learning, in partnership with Royal Academy of Music. The duo is particularly committed to performing and working in all areas of the wider community, and since performing for the Wigmore Hall Learning’s For Crying Out Loud series, they have performed in environments including hospitals, care homes, and dementia care settings. In 2020 the duo was recognised through the Waldmann Music Award at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, in acknowledgement of their work both within the concert hall and the wider community.
In this ensemble she is forging cultural connections with composers in both Japan and the UK, having performed at the Japanese Embassy in London as part of the ‘Japan-UK Season of Culture’.
Having won many guitar competitions in Japan, she became the first Japanese winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s Youth Solo Competition aged eleven, with a perfect 100% score from all of the judges.
Saki is currently a fellow at the Royal Academy of Music working with the Open Academy department, which focuses on co-creative music making within the wider community.