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Miho Sasaki

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Miho Sasaki

Biography

Miho Sasaki (b. 1978, Chiba City, Japan) is a Japanese composer, pianist and educator.

Ms. Sasaki holds an M.M. from Butler University's School of Music in Indianapolis. Ms. Sasaki has studied piano with Hiromi Iwadate, Anna Yow Briscoe, Panayis Lyras, Andrew Russo, and music composition with Hifumi Shimoyama, Elliott Schwartz, and Michael Schelle (to whom she is married).

Ms. Sasaki's music has been commissioned and performed by the American Pianists Association, Conservatorio Superior de Música Félix Tomás Garzón, Córdoba (Argentina), the Indiana Wind Symphony, the Finger Lakes N.Y. Summer Chamber Music Festival, and a five-year international commissioning project by pianist Suzanne Kessel commemorating the 250th birthday of Beethoven. Sasaki's work Sanshisuimei, recently published by Editions Musica Ferrum (London), was commercially recorded by Ms. Kessel in in Bonn, Germany, in 2020. Ms, Sasaki's choral music is published by Colla Voce, Inc.

Ms. Sasaki was the featured guest artist for a recital of new American piano music at Aichi Prefectural University of Music and Fine Arts and Nagoya Imperial University in Nagoya, Japan. Further guest artist residencies include NOW Music Festivals (OH), Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival at the Portland Conservatory of Music (ME), and the Butler University Wind Ensemble.

In 2017 Ms. Sasaki was awarded the prestigious Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis - a highly competitive program, a two-year grant supporting various creative activities. Sasaki's activities included learning accordion and bayan (for performance and writing multiple compositions) and creating a "serious music" accordion culture in central Indiana.

Her large orchestral work, Sacrosanct (2018), originally commissioned by the Capital Symphony Orchestra, was commercially recorded by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) in summer 2021, for release on Ablaze Records.


Works for Winds


Resources

  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 466.
  • Miho Sasaki website Accessed 16 March 2021