Satoru Nakazato Profile
Satoru Nakazato, Chromatic Harmonica
Satoru Nakazato was born in Ichikawa, Chiba Pref., Japan.
He has studied chromatic harmonica with Joe Sakimoto and Tommy Reilly. He graduated from
the Tsukuba Universal School for the Blind. He then finished the music course of the same school.
In 1986, he won first prize in the chromatic division of the FIH, Japan. In 1992,
he had his first recital in Tokyo met with great success, followed by concerts at Tsuda Hall and
Bunka Kaikan, to name two.
In 1996, he was given the 28th annual Harmonica Player of the Year Award by All Japan Harmonica Federation.
In 1997, he played a Harmonica Concerto by Michael Spivakovsky, with an Orchestra in Osaka,
conducted by Kazuhiko Komatsu. His activities then extended abroad playing at the Bourbon Festival Concert
in Kentucky, United States.
In 2004, he played with a string quartet consisting of former members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He now plays with piano, orchestra, strings, singers, chorus groups, and Japanese musical instruments.
He also performs in radio and TV programs and gives concerts all over Japan.
He is often asked to play newly composed music.
He teaches at his Alma Mater and pupils at various places. Since 1998 he is an instructor of
chromatic harmonica at the Joe Sakimoto Summer Seminar, Lake Yamanaka.
1. 2011. A Suite of New Cinema Paradise. A Collection of Harmonica Duos with Joe Sakimoto.
Camerata Tokyo(CMCD28227). It was selected as one of the best recordings of the month by
Arts of Recordings Magazine, April Issue, Ongaku no Tomosha
2. 2012. Sitting on the Grass. A Collection of Songs (Poems written by Kazue Shinkawa,
composed by Junichi Hirano). Camerata, Tokyo. (CDT-1090)
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