Mari Sato, violinist, is a member of the Cavani String Quartet and winner of numerous awards and prizes, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Ms. Sato has toured throughout the United States and abroad with her quartet, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Corcoran Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Festival L'Epau in France. Ms. Sato has had the honor of performing with distinguished artists including members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence and Colorado String Quartets, the Weilerstein Trio, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Anton Nel, Stephanie Blythe and Charles Neidich. Ms. Sato and her colleagues in The Cavani Quartet were named Musical America's Young Artists of the Year, received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award, the Ohio Governor’s Award and five Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants. Deeply committed to arts-education, Ms. Sato has given master classes and lecture demonstrations at music festivals, universities and public and private schools in communities all over the country. As a member of the faculty and Quartet-in-Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Sato in collaboration with her colleagues has developed the Apprentice Program, Intensive Quartet Seminar, New Quartet Project and M.A.P. (Music, Art & Poetry) Project. She is a former artist-in-residence at the University of Texas and is currently visiting-artist at the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale. She received her BM with distinction from the Cleveland Institute of Music and pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Her teachers and mentors include Richard Lawrence, Ralph Aldrich, Julia Bushkova, David Cerone, David Updegraff, Paul Kantor, and Peter Salaff. In her spare time, Ms. Sato enjoys cooking, jogging, and spending time with her husband and two children in Shaker Heights.
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