Biography

Satoko Inoue

  • Kobe, Japan, 1958
  • Performer (piano)

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and in United States as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan’s foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira, and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Especially she is well-known for playing Jo Kondo’s complete piano works and Morton Feldman’s piano works. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers such as Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luc Ferrari, Doina Rotaru, and others.

Since 1991 every year, Ms. Inoue has been presenting the solo piano series Satoko Plays Japan at major venues in that country. She has performed over one hundred and fifty contemporary pieces in this well-respected series. Before this she was the pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Tokyo Gakugei University.

Besides performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has been invited by major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and had solo recitals, for example, MERIDIAN, Zilele SNR-SIMC (ISCM) in Bucharest, Mersin International Music Festival, Festival” l’Art pour l’Aar” in Bern, Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. In addition, she has had many solo concerts in the US, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Turkey, Romania, Egypt, and Argentina. She has recorded three solo CDs on HatHut Records (Switzerland) and also has CDs on the German label Edition Hundertmark, Emec Discos (Spain), and ALM Records (Japan).

She was awarded the“Keizo Saji Prize”in 2010 by The Suntory Foundation for Arts for “Satoko Inoue Piano Recital #19 Morton Feldman ~Works for Piano~”. Besides concertizing, Ms. Inoue is a Professor at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.

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