Reaching ... (2013) video
From Chiba City, Japan, pianist Miho Sasaki came to the United States in 2000 to
study English and music at Indiana University. Following additional language studies and
collegiate course work in Boston, she continued her music
studies in the US, earning an M.M. from Butler University's School of Music in Indianapolis. Ms. Sasaki has
studied piano with Hiromi Iwadate (Japan), Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando, Andrew Russo (Juilliard), and music composition with Michael Schelle, Paul Chihara (UCLA), Elliott Schwartz (Maine) and Elvis Costello.
Ms. Sasaki recently returned from a two-week concert tour of China as soloist with the South Shore Orchestra (Chicago) for Michael Schelle’s Wright Flight, a work that is recorded on Albany Records. Ms. Sasaki has also performed concertos with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, the District 99 Orchestra (Chicago), and the Fort Smith (AR) Symphony Orchestra (2012).
In 2010 Ms. Sasaki was featured guest artist for a
recital of new piano music at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in Nagoya, Japan. Ms. Sasaki’s own original compositions have been performed by the American Pianists Association, the Manhattan
Chamber Orchestra (NYC), flutist
Hiroko Senoo (Tokyo), and featured during the 2009 Finger Lakes Summer Chamber
Music Festival in upstate New York. She had recently completed new commissions from the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra, The Generous Ensemble (Hartford, CT) and the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.
MIHO SASAKI with a few of her 2011 Little Mozart students . . .
Miho Sasaki and Michael Schelle
VOICING THE NEW $135,000 STEINWAYS AT THE NEW $175,000,000
CARMEL, INDIANA PALLADIUM CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS,
WHICH OPENED IN JANUARY 2011
Soloist with the FORT SMITH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA : May 2012 : Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Warm-up time, before the orchestra arrives . . .
Becky Yates (FSSO Exec. Director), Michael Schelle, conductor John Jeter, pianist Miho Sasaki
Soloist with the DISTRICT 99 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA : April 2012, Chicago, IL
Miho Sasaki with composer Michael Schelle and District 99 Orchestra conductor, Jennifer Mullen
BLOOMINGTON (Illinois) CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS : April 2011
CLEVELAND CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque Youth Orchestra, Sayra Siverson, conductor. March 2011
MIHO SASAKI performing Michael Schelle's WRIGHT FLIGHT piano concerto
(2002) : 2 week concert tour of CHINA (6 cities : 8 concerts - Shanghai, Beijing, Ningbo, Hangzhou, etc.) w/ the South Shore
Orchestra (Chicago) January 2010.
see many more CHINA pictures on the NEWS page
Pianist MIHO SASAKI on the streets of Hollywood, Los Angeles
after concert performances in Southern California : March 2011
MIHO SASAKI with film composer CHRISTOPHER YOUNG (in Michael Schelle's studio)
Premiere of Miho Sasaki's DEATH OR KIKI (2012)
Hartford, CT : April 2012
Miho Sasaki speaking with the audience at the premiere performances of her new work,
RYUKI (Earth is Alive) : February 2013, Fort Smith (AR) Symphony Orchestra
Miho Sasaki's RYUKI (Earth is Alive), a 2012 commission from the Fort Smith Symphony
Miho Sasaki working with FSSO coductor John Jeter
pianist, composer Miho Sasaki is happy to be in the US (since 2000), but was paralyzed
with sadness and disbelief at the natural disasters taking place in her homeland in March 2011 . . .
JAPAN : 9.1 EARTHQUAKE and TSUNAMI : 11 MARCH 2011
MIHO SASAKI with FUMIO