Baltimore, Maryland, who started out on the violin when he was three years
old and gravitated to the cello at the tender age of seven.
the New England Conservatory of Music, the Piatigorshky
Seminar, and the Tanglewood Music
Center. His instructors comprised Madeleine
Foley, Stephen Geber, Robert Ripley, and David Soyer.
Harold Ried Laudenslager
wrote “Two Miniatures for Cello & Piano, Op. 41”
(“Breadsticks” and “Wishbone”) for Mayumi and Sato
whom Sato has performed include the Anima Piano Trio, the Boston Pops, the
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston
Opera Company, the Brockton Symphony, the Hampton String Quartet, the New
Hampshire Symphony, the New Philharmonia
Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Worcester
He was a guest
soloist with the BSO as early as 1974, and became a full-time member of the
orchestra in 1983.
One of his earliest
recordings was 1989’s Something
About the Moon by Matt Johnson.
Sato performed at the CD release concerto on 5th May 1989
at the Longy School of Music, which is located in
recordings on which he appears include: America,
The Celtic Album, Holiday Pops, My Favorite Things: A
Richard Rodgers Celebration and A
Splash of Pops by the Boston Pops; End
of a Day by Matt Johnson; Full
Circle by Lisa Meri; Haas/Krasa: String Quartets by the HSQ; Jazz for Lovers and Mistletoe Sax by Bruce Abbott; Keisuke Wakao
Plays Mozart, Bach, Britten, Prokofiev; The Radiant Voice of Barbara Bonney;
and, Virtuoso Trumpet by Charles Schlueter.
performed on the soundtracks of The
American Experience, Last Dance,
Secrecy, and Sunshine State.
1996-1997 season, the HSQ collaborated with the New Philharmonia
Orchestra on Johannes Brahms’ “Concerto for String Quartet and
Chamber Orchestra”. Sato
was a guest soloist with the New Philharmonia in
the 2000-2001 season when they performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s
“Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello”.
August 2008, members of the BSO joined forces with the HSQ for a
pre-concert recital of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “String Quartet in
C”, John Harbison’s “Six
American Painters”, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String
Quintet in G minor”.
The HSQ were
the ensemble in residence at Skidmore
College, where they
participated in the Skidmore String Music Festival from 27th
February to 1st March 2009.
On 28th February 2009, they interpreted Elliott
Carter’s “Fragment No. 2”, Charles Ives’
“String Quartet No. 1”, and Franz Schubert’s
“String Quartet No. 13” (“Rosamunde”). They were joined by college and high
school students for the finale from Felix Mendelssohn’s
“Octet” on 1st March 2009.
April 2009, they appeared with guitarist Joel Brown at Tang Gallery for a
program of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s
“Quintet for Guitar and Strings, Op. 143”, Pavel
Haas’s “String Quartet No. 3, Op.
15”, Gideon Klein’s “Fantasie a
Fuga”, and Pavel
Novak-Zemek’s “String Quartet No.
6” (“Bells of Light”).
clarinetist Thomas Martin, violinist Si-Jing Huang and violist Mark Ludwig
took part in the Prague Spring Festival with Andre Previn
on 28th March 2010.
The evening included Mozart’s “Piano Quartet in E flat
major” and the world premiere of Previn’s
“Sonata for Clarinet and Piano”.
September 2010, the musicians above minus Previn
plus harpist Jessica Zhou were onstage at Boston Symphony Hall for the
world premiere of “Escape Routines” by Miroslav
The HSQ helped
unveil the Art of the Americas Wing of the Museum
of Fine Arts in Boston on 20th November 2010
with some musical paintings of their own, “Morango…
Almost a Tango” by Thomas Oboe Lee and music from quartets by Ives and
David L. Post.
2011, Sato’s father, Ron Knudsen, conducted the New Philharmonia Orchestra in a program entitled
Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2”, William
Boyce’s “Symphony No. 1 in B flat major”, and
Brahms’ “Double Concerto for Violin and Cello” with Sato
and Haldan Martinson handling solo duties.
premiered Previn’s “Quintet for
Clarinet and String Quartet” with Thomas Martin in November 2011.