October, 2022; April, 2023
Eriko Sato is a leading violinist on the New York City chamber music scene and a co-concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. She made her solo debut at age 13 and has performed as soloist with orchestras in Louisville, San Francisco and Tokyo. Ms. Sato was the winner of the Tibor Varga International Competition, the Young Musicians Foundation Competition and three Japanese National Competitions. Ms. Sato has participated in the Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Sitka, Angel Fire, Gretna, Affinis and Kuhmo Music Festivals, and has appeared regularly with Bargemusic, Chamber Music Northwest, The American String Project, Music From Japan, Caramoor and the Washington Square Music Festival. A founding member of the Aspen Soloists and Salon Chamber Soloists she is also a member of the Elysium, Strathmere and American Chamber Ensembles. As a concertmaster of Orpheus, she appears on Deutsche Grammophon recordings, where her releases include Vivaldi's Four-Violin Concerto and Handel's Concerti Grossi, Op. 6. For MusicMasters, she appears with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble in the Bach Concerti and the chamber music of Hindemith and Beethoven. Her latest releases are Allen Shawn's string quartet "Sleepless Night" and “Mozart Flute Quartets” on Albany Records. Her first duo CD with pianist David Oei titled "Five Not-So-Easy Pieces" has been released on their new label Prestissimo. She has also recorded for Vanguard, Delos, Elysium and Grenadilla labels and has been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning. Ms. Sato has taught at Queens College and the Aspen Music Festival. A former longtime faculty of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, she is currently a faculty member of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School and the Mannes College Of Music where she teaches violin and chamber music. In this pandemic era she has been busy making video performances for organizations such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, PREformances with Allison Charney, Concerts on the Slope and the Washington Square Music Festival.
She is a regular performer of the David Oei Classical Salon, a monthly chamber music series at St. John’s in the Village directed by her husband David Oei.