MIHO SASAKI ... composer, pianist, teacher




From Chiba City, Japan, Miho Sasaki came to the United States in 2000 to study English and music at Indiana University. Following additional language studies and collegiate course work in Boston, she continued her music studies in the US, earning an M.M. from Butler University's School of Music in Indianapolis. Ms. Sasaki has studied piano with Hiromi Iwadate (Japan), Anna Yow Briscoe, Andrew Russo, and music composition with Hifumi Shimoyama, Elliott Schwartz, Michael Schelle and Elvis Costello.

Ms. Sasaki recently returned from a two-week concert tour of China as soloist with the South Shore Orchestra (Chicago) for Michael Schelle’s Wright Flight, a work that is recorded on Albany Records.  Ms. Sasaki has also recently performed concertos with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, the District 99 Orchestra (Chicago), the Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra (2013) and the Fort Smith (AR) Symphony Orchestra (2012).  In 2010 and 2013 Ms. Sasaki was the featured guest artist for a recital of new American piano music at Aichi Prefectural University of Music and Fine Arts and Nagoya Imperial Univesity in Nagoya, Japan.

Miho Sasaki’s own original compositions have been commissioned and performed by the American Pianists Association, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra (NYC), Japanese flutist Hiroko Senoo (Tokyo), Japanese pianist Nana Omori, American saxophonist Gail Levinsky, and featured during the 2010 Finger Lakes Summer Chamber Music Festival (upstate New York) and as Guest Composer for the 28th NOW New Music Festival (2014) at Capital University (Columbus, OH) and the 7th Annual Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival (2015) in Portland, Maine. She has recently completed new commissions from the Forth Smith (AR) Symphony Orchestra, The Generous Ensemble (Hartford, CT), the Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (NYC), the Capital University Conservatory of Music, and the Butler University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Current commissions in progress include new symphonic wind ensemble works for the University of Connecticut (for November 2019) and Trinity University (for May 2020, San Antonio, TX).

In April, 2017 Ms. Sasaki was awarded the prestigious "Creative Renewal Fellowship" ($10,000) from the Arts Council of Indianapolis - a highly competitive program, only a dozen grants (out of 400+ applications, across all arts disciplines) are awarded. A 2-year grant supporting various creative activities through 2019, Miho's activities include learning (for performance and composition) accordion and bayan, and creating a "serious music" accordion culture in central Indiana.


E-MAIL:   sasakismiho55@aol.com

                 Rehearsal for performances of Michael Schelle's Wright Flight - South Shore Orchestra, Beijing, China.