Shunsuke Sato
Born in Tokyo in 1984, Shunske Sato actively concertizes on both modern and baroque violin, and is regarded as one of the most promising and versatile musicians of his generation. Shunske began the violin at the age of two. Immigrating to America with his parents two years later, he studied with Chin Kim before coming under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School of New York. In 2003, Shunske moved to Paris to pursue his studies with Gérard Poulet and has been living in Munich since 2009 to study baroque violin under Mary Utiger at the University of Music and Performing Art Munich.
In addition to appearances as soloist with all the major orchestras in Japan, he has worked with leading European orchestras including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia. Since his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 10, he has performed with renowned American orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Symphony Orchestra. On the baroque violin, Shunske has collaborated as soloist with the Orchestra Libera Classica in Japan, Berliner Lautten Compagney, and gave the first performance in recent times of Paganini’s second violin concerto on historical instruments with the Academy of Ancient Music. Alongside his chamber music activities with partners such as Christine Schornsheim, Hidemi Suzuki and Richard Egarr, Shunske is also active as concertmaster of Concerto Köln, the Netherlands Bach Society and the Berliner Lautten Compagney, and is regularly invited by various baroque ensembles in Europe such as the Freiburger Barockorchester and Les Passions de l’Ame to collaborate as a member.
Shunske gained further recognition as a baroque violinist after winning second prize as well as the audience prize at the 17th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition Leipzig in 2010. In 2009, Shunske became the first violinist ever to record Niccolò Paganini’s Twenty-Four Caprices for solo violin (Universal Classics Japan label) from the perspective of historically informed performance practice, using gut strings and a historical bow.