MIHO SASAKI ... composer, pianist, teacher




SCHEDULE  .  CALENDAR  .  EVENTS



MIHO SASAKI   composer

TRINITY UNIVERSITY
Guest Composer
New Work commissioned by Trinity University Wind Ensemble
James Worman, music director and conductor
San Antonio, TX  -  May 2021


UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
New Work commissioned by University of the Pacific Wind Ensemble
Vu Nguyen, music director and conductor
Stockton, CA - Spring 2021


"MOMENTS IN THIS TIME" / TOKYO TO NEW YORK
Virtual broadcast premiere of a little peace in the alley looking at blue sky
Thomas Piercy, clarinet 
Tokyo, Japan - November 2020


BUTLER UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE
Guest Composer
Performance and recording of Peculiar Wave for chamber winds
Michael Colburn, music director and conductor
Indianapolis  -  October 2020


UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
Guest Composer
Premiere of Peculiar Wave for chamber wind ensemble 
Vu Nguyen, music director and conductor
Storrs, CT  -  November 12-15, 2019


TOKYO to NEW YORK
Guest Composer / performer  (piano, accordion)
Concert of new American and Japanese chamber music 
 - featuring guest artist Thomas Piercy (Hell's Kitchen, NYC)
NY Premiere of  Sasaki's RYŪHYŌ "Drift Ice" (2019), for bass clarinet and bayan accordion
Bargemusic / Brooklyn, NY -  October 25, 2019


Nagoya, JAPAN
Premiere of Aria:unleashed for prepared solo piano
Nana Omori, piano
September 9, 2019 


Bonn, Germany : 250 Piano Pieces for Beethoven 
International composition project by Susanne Kessel
Sanshisuimei (山紫水明), for solo piano - May 2019 


TOKYO to NEW YORK to INDIANAPOLIS
Guest Composer / performer  (piano, accordion)
Concert of new American and Japanese chamber music 
 - featuring guest artist Thomas Piercy (Hell's Kitchen, NYC)
Premiere of  Sasaki's RYŪHYŌ "Drift Ice" (2019), for bass clarinet and bayan accordion
Indianapolis  -  March 19, 2019


Bowling Green State University
College of Musical Arts
Performance of Komorebi: tree escape light 
Gail Levinsky, alto saxophone
Bowling Green, OH - March 14, 2019


FORT WAYNE PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Guest Composer
Performance of RYUKI: Earth is Alive
Troy Webdell, music director and conductor
IUPFW Auer Hall, Ft. Wayne, IN - March 10, 2019


MISSISSIPPI WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY 
3rd Annual "Music by Women" Festival
Premiere of Miho Sasaki's "KOMOREBI: Tree Escape Light"
 - in three movements: I. FilterII. Earth bedIII. Scatter
Gail Levinsky (Susquehanna University), alto saxophone
Columbus, MS  -  March 7-9, 2019


NAGOYA, JAPAN 
Nana Omori & Chiaki Takahashi, duo pianists
Premiere of Prelude: Prologue to Kezuri
Multiple venues / performances : September / October 2018


BUTLER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Faculty Artist Series
Premiere performance of "Tracing the Footprints" (2018)
William Grubb, cello,  Marko Petricic, bayan accordion
September 18, 2018  -  Indianapolis, IN


BUTLER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Faculty Artists Series
"Schelle & Sasaki & Friends"
New chamber music by Michael Schelle and Miho Sasaki
Performances of Sasaki's "Operation Ironwood", Spectra Despina,
The Soul of Lights Freeze, etc.
April 10, 2018  -  Indianapolis, IN


MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY
2nd annual "Music by Women" Festival
Performance of El Puente 
Lia Uribe, bassoon (University of Arkansas); Miroslava Panayotova, piano
Columbus, MS  -  March 1 - 3, 2018


CHATTERBOX Jazz Club
Mass Ave., Indianapolis, IN
Guest Composer

World Premiere: Spectra Despina  (2018)
Sarah Skreko, violin; Dianna Davis, accordion
January 30, 2018
 

TOKYO TO NEW YORK Concert Series
Tenri Cultural Center, New York City
Guest Composer / Performer
World Premiere:  The Soul of Lights Freeze
Thomas Piercy, clarinet;  Miho Sasaki, piano
November 18, 2017



ACDA Summer Institute
Toryanse (SATB) was a featured workshop piece
Spokane, WA  Summer 2017


NOW FESTIVAL 2017
Guest Composer
Capital Symphony Orchestra
Capital University Conservatory of Music
New Work commissioned for CSO / NOW Festival
February 18, 19, 2017


TRINITY UNIVERSITY
Guest Composer
Trinity University Wind Ensemble
Performances of RUACH
April 29 - May 2, 2016  -  San Antonio, TX


CCDA Summer Convention at ECCO
Toryanse (SATB) was a featured piece
Summer 2016


NOW FESTIVAL 2016
Guest Composer  -  February 9, 10, 2016
Capital University Conservatory of Music
30th Annual NOW Festival, Columbus, OH

Premiere of Bridge (2016), for bari sax and piano
Jay Young, baritone sax
Miho Sasaki,
piano


SHINAGAWA CULTURAL CENTER, TOKYO
August 17, 2015
Premiere of el puente (2015), for bassoon and piano
Lia Uribe, bassoon
Concert for the Colombian Embassy - Shinagawa Cultural Center, Japan


ATLANTA SUMMER CONDUCTING INSTITUTE
Toryanse (SATB) was a featured workshop piece
Summer 2015


RONEN CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
May 12, 2015
Performance of REACHING
Green Room, Circle Theatre, Indianapolis. IN



PORTLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Guest Composer
7th Annual Back Cove New Music Festival
Portland, Maine - April 9-12, 2015
Performances of various chamber pieces


INDIANA WIND SYMPHONY
November 15, 2014
Performance of RUACH: Spirit, Breath Wind
Charles Conrad, music director and conductor


TOKYO TO NEW YORK 2014 Concert Series
October 9, 2014
New York premiere of SHINKAI 350
Thomas Piercy, clarinet
Spectrum, NYC



BUTLER UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE
May 4, 2014
Premiere performance of RUACH: Spirit, Breath, Wind
Commissioned for the retirement concert of Music Director Robert Grechesky.


KUNAMA STRING QUARTET (Chicago)
March 8, 2014
Performance of Shrimp in Bamboo Forest


NOW New Music Festival, Capital University, Columbus, OH
February 11 - 15, 2014
Featured Guest Composer
Performances of many chamber works, including iki, Grandiflora, Embryo,
and the world premiere of the commissioned piece, Brick of Pressure (trumpet ensemble)


SOUTH SHORE ORCHESTRA

October 4, 2013

Performance of RYUKI  (Earth is Alive)
South Shore Orchestra, Troy Webdell, music director and conductor
IVY Tech Concert Hall, Valparaiso, IN


MANHATTAN CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

March 15, 2013

Premiere performances of REACHING ... (2012) commissioned for the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Richard Auldon Clark, music director & conductor   Symphony Space Thalia Theatre, New York City


FORT SMITH (AR) SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
February 5, 6, 2013
Premiere performances of RYUKI (Earth is Alive) commissioned by
the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra, John Jeter, music director and conductor




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MIHO SASAKI   pianist

BUTLER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC 
Faculty Artists Series - March 19, 2019
Guest artist : Thomas Piercy (Tokyo / NYC, clarinet, bass clarinet and hichiriki)
Performance of Drift Ice, for bass clarinet and accordion
On the same program, Miho Sasaki performed on three contemporary pieces on piano and accordion. 

Composers Orchestra - November 2018
Performance of Operation Ironwood for cello and accordion
William Grubb, cello; Miho Sasaki, accordion


Faculty Artists Series - April 10, 2018
"Schelle & Sasaki & Friends"
New chamber music by Michael Schelle and Miho Sasaki
Performances of Sasaki's "Operation: Ironwood", "Soul of Lights Freeze", etc.
Kevy Bailey, clarinet, William Grubb, cello and Miho Sasaki, piano, accordion and bayan



NOW FESTIVAL 2016
Guest Composer / Pianist - Capital University Conservatory of Music
30th Annual NOW Festival, Columbus, OH

February 9, 10, 2016
Premiere of Bridge (2016), for bari sax and piano
Jay Young, baritone sax    Miho Sasaki, piano


MANHATTAN CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (NYC)
March 15, 2013
Pianist in chamber septet with musicians from New York City / MCCE for
performance of Michael Schelle's "Their House Was Around Here, Somewhere"


NAGOYA IMPERIAL UNIVERSITY (Japan)
July 25, 2013
Piano soloist: performance of 3rd Sonata "Janus" (1999) by Michael Schelle


AICHI PREFECTURAL UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND FINE ARTS (JAPAN),
July 26, 2013
Pianist in chamber septet with musicians from the Aichi Faculty for performance
of Michael Schelle's "Their House Was Around Here, Somewhere . . . "


UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS
October 7, 2013
Pianist in chamber septet with musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony
for performance of Michael Schelle's "Their House Was Around Here, Somehere"



ABERDEEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
November 15, 16, 2013

Soloist for performance of Wright Flight Piano Concerto (2002)
Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, Robert Vodnoy,
Music Director and Conductor



  
CONCERTO PERFORMANCES, 2011 - 2016:
  • Manhattan Chamber Orchestra
  • Fort Smith (AR) Symphony Orchestra
  • Aberdeen (SD) Symphony Orchestra
  • District 99 Symphony Orchestra (Chicago)
  • Albuquerque Youth Symphony
  • Illinois Wesleyan Civic Symphony Orchestra
  • South Shore Orchestra (Chicago), and "on tour" throughout China, 2011
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Premiere of "Operation Ironwood" (2018), for cello and accordion

William Grubb, cello, Miho Sasaki, composer and bayan accordion

April 2018, Indianapolis









Albuquerque Youth Symphony








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Miho Sasaki performing Michael Schelle's Wright Flight piano concerto : 2 week concert tour of CHINA (6 cities : 8 concerts - Shanghai, Beijing, Ningbo, Hangzhou, etc.) w/ the South Shore Orchestra (Chicago) 



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 . . . with Hollywood film composer Christopher Young 
(Species, Hellraiser, Priest, Drag Me to Hell, Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Spiderman 3, etc.)