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 2020 she is recording this and a number of Cowie’s chamber pieces for Toccata Classics.
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, who in June 2020 will give their third recital at Wigmore Hall, following two concerts in the ‘For Crying out Loud’ series. 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 in her final year at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she is supported by the Julian Bream Trust, the F. G. Fitch Bequest Scholarship, and the Blyth Watson Award.