Takeo Sato

At the age of 12 Takeo Sato began his career as a concert guitarist playing concert tours in Europe and Asia.

2 years later as the youngest participant he was awarded the 1st prize at the renowned « International Guitar Contest Bath » in England. Before entering the Music Academy he accomplished several achievements, amongst them three 1st prizes at the national solo and duo category of the national « Jugend musiziert » competition, prizes at the « Anna Amalia Guitar Competition » in Weimar, « 41st International Guitar Competition Tokyo » in Japan, the 1st prize at the International Guitar Competition Johann Sebastian Bach in Reisbach and the special prize given by the Ministry for Education, Art and Science of Saarland, state of Germany.

Soloistic projects including the Saarland premiere of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XI at the « Prologue Festival for Modern Music » in Saarbrücken, the world premiere of a piece (« Stygisches Fragment ») by Andreas Maria Marcus and recordings at the radio station SR were soon followed by chamber music projects and were completed by musical and cultural projects such as CD recordings (« SUMMIT », « One Night In Sevilla ») including concert tours in Croatia and Austria with the Croatian Guitar Quartet and the Alegrías Guitar Trio, chamber music formations (Stefanie Iranyi, Daniel Claret, Dimitri Lavrentiev, Tristan Angenendt, and others).

After being a concert artist for many years at the organisation « Live Music Now » founded by the renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Takeo Sato is now vice chairman, jury member and artistic director of Live Music Now – Augsburg.

Takeo Sato is organiser of  the annual « International Guitar Festival Augsburg » which was founded in 2012 by him and Dimitri Lavrentiev.

2011 he published his first solo album « recital » (raccanto).

In 2012 the edition Chanterelle began printing his arrangement of a Beethoven Sonata (Sonata WoO 33 / 4 & 5 for solo guitar).

Takeo Sato’s musical education was mainly influenced by his guitar teachers. He began playing the guitar with his father, the Japanese guitar maker Kazuo Sato. Shortly after he studied with Prof. Ansgar Krause privately then as a junior student at the Academy for Theatre and Music Saarbrücken.

He continued studying at the Academy for Music Augsburg with Prof. Franz Halász and graduated with honours. Takeo Sato post graduated at the Royal Conservatory The Hague under the direction of Prof. Zoran Dukic.

In addition he took complementary master classes with composers, guitar teachers and specialists for old music such as Toshio Hosokawa, David Russel, Alvaro Pierri, Carlo Marchione, Hubert Käppel, Ricardo Gallén, Stefano Grondona and Eduardo Egüez.

While post graduating Takeo Sato worked as the assistant of Prof. Franz Halász at the Academy for Music Augsburg. He had the opportunity to gather crucial experience while working with one of the most successful guitar classes of Europe for 2 years.

Meanwhile he is directing his own guitar class at the Leopold Mozart Centre for Music of the University Augsburg. Since 2016 he is professor for guitar at the State Conservatory Vorarlberg in Feldkirch, Austria.

Takeo Sato is playing  a guitar built by his father (www.satoguitar.com) and has endorsement deals by Hannabach.