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Pianist Yoshiko Sato studied in Keio University in Tokyo, at The Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in France.
Ms. Sato has given recitals in Japan, the United States, France, and Switzerland, and has appeared as soloist with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra de Cambra de L'Emporda in Spain, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, and with the Sage City Symphony. Over the years she has also won numerous prizes in piano competitions in Europe and in the United States.
In 2009 Ms. Sato and Tenor Thomas Bogdan released a recording of Hungarian Folk Song settings by Bartok and Kodaly. Sato's recordings of Allen Shawn's Childhood Scenes, and Nocturne for Y can be heard on CDs from Albany Records. In 2014 she performed Childhood Scenes as well as Shawn's Jazz Prelude No. 2 for the Antonia Franceschi Dance Company at the Ailey Center in New York City and in performances on the island of Malta. In Fall, 2015, she and her colleague pianist Christopher Lewis embarked on a concert series devoted to the complete piano Sonatas of Beethoven, with the performances taking place at Bennington College and at venues in the surrounding Bennington community, including The Bennington Museum, Park McCullough House, Oldcastle Theater and The Bennington center for the Arts.
Since 1999, Yoshiko Sato has been a piano teacher and staff accompanist in the music program at Bennington College.
Christopher Lewis has taught and performed throughout the U.S., Italy and British Columbia. He has given concerts in such major venues as Carnegie, Weill, and Alice Tully Halls (NYC); Orchestra Hall (Detroit); Empire State Performing Arts Center (Albany); Southern Vermont Arts Center; and the Bennington Center for the Arts. Christopher Lewis is a prizewinner of the American National Chopin Competition and the New York Leschetitzky Society. He has held faculty positions at New York University as well as several private schools in New York City and since fall, 2010 has been an instructor at Bennington College.