« Ich freue mich wahnsinnig darüber, zum Professor für das zentrale künstlerische Fach Gitarre am Vorarlberger Landeskonservatorium berufen worden zu sein! »
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 Saarl...and, state of Germany.
Soloistic projects including the premiere of Luciano Berio's Sequenza XI at the "Prologue Festival for Modern Music" in Saarbrücken 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 Alegrìas Guitar Trio, chamber music formations with Stefanie Iranyi (mezzo soprano), Dimitri Lavrentiev (classical guitar) and others. As a solo guitarist and duo partner of Dimitri Lavrentiev he entered the organization "Live Music Now" founded by the renowned violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin. His debut album "recital" was published in early 2011 at the German label raccanto.
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 Theater 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 Gallen, 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 (formerly known as Academy for Music Augsburg).
Takeo Sato plays a guitar built by his father (www.satoguitar.com) and gets sponsored by Hannabach Strings (www.hannabach-strings.com) and Hercules Stands (www.herculesstands.com).
Furthermore Takeo Sato has an exclusive contract for Asia with the concert agency Concert Imagine.