Tomomi Sato, piano
Japanese pianist Tomomi Sato enjoys her diverse career as a highly sought after solo and collaborative musician as well as a teacher of various genres and styles, ranging from classical to jazz, musical theatre, and popular music.
A prizewinner in Seattle International Piano Competition, Tomomi's performance highlights from the 2016-2017 season include a solo recital at Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a guest artist of LACMA's Sundays Live series, appearance as a guest artist for a faculty recital at Chapman University, among many others. She was a Collaborative Piano fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where she performed in masterclasses and concerts daily, and was also a full scholarship recipient at Festival e Accademia Dino Ciani in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Her versatile talent in improvisation and love for collaborations have also recently taken her to China where she performed in a duo as an opening number for holiday shows, as well as Brazil, where she collaborated with musicians from all over the world to perform a number of multi-cultural concerts.
Tomomi holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from University of Southern California, where she was awarded the Keyboard Studies Departmental Outstanding Graduate Award for both degrees. She also served as a Keyboard Studies Teaching Assistant during her Masters degree, where she taught beginning and intermediate piano in group and private settings. In Fall 2017, she will be starting her second Masters degree in Collaborative Piano at the Juilliard School in New York, where she will be studying with Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garret. Her past teachers include Bernadene Blaha, Dr. Mark Sullivan, and Kazuko Yasukawa.
Tomomi is currently based in Los Angeles, where she enjoys playing for musical theatre productions and church services alongside her classical music career. In her spare time, she enjoys experiencing Los Angeles’ culturally diverse food scene, while exploring the most efficient methods for avoiding the city’s traffic.