Shunske Sato

Viola, violin and artistic leader

Shunske Sato is one of the best violinists of his generation. As of the 2018-2019 season, he is artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society. His versatility and experience, both on modern and authentic instruments, form a solid foundation for this position. Leading from the first lectern, he challenges the ensemble with a fresh look in programs with music by Bach and contemporaries. He is also concertmaster of Concerto Köln and is regularly asked to lead the Freiburger Barockorchester, among others.

Shunske has been playing the violin since he was two and studied at Juilliard School New York, and in Paris and Munich, with Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, Gérard Poulet, and Mary Utiger.

In 2010 he won the audience prize and the second prize of the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. He has performed as a soloist all over the world with, among others, the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich, the Academy of Ancient Music, and The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Richard Egarr, Christopher Hogwood, Vaclav Luks, Kent Nagano, and Jos van Veldhoven. Shunske Sato teaches Baroque violin at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.


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