Koki Sato

Tokyo, Japan

University of Minnesota, Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, currecnt
University of Minnesota, Master of Music in Piano Performance, 2020
Columbus State University, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, 2018

Koki Sato is an emerging arts administrator with a particular interest in the potential of new music to expand the boundaries of classical music. A founder of the University of Minnesota New Music Ensemble, Sato serves as Director of Artistic Planning and pianist in the ensemble and was featured by Minnesota Public Radio. He maintains active performance engagements in the Twin Cities, programming repertoire across different styles and periods.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
Once an anime mascot terrorized me during an event at a gymnastics school, and that’s what led me to start playing piano.

What are you hoping to learn this summer at the NRO?
I am excited for the hands-on opportunity to learn all the elements integral to relationship building at a music organization—because that’s what I believe is at the core of development work. I am particularly looking forward to my involvement in community engagement events and the impact report project.

What activities/hobbies do you most enjoy?
Getting bubble tea with friends