Mika Sasaki, Piano
Pianist Mika Sasaki has established herself as a sought-after soloist, chamber musician, and emerging educator. Since her concerto debut with the Sinfonia of Cambridge (U.K.) at age seven, she appeared twice with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and more recently with the 92Y Orchestra in New York City. She has performed at venues including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Steinway Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Peter J. Sharp Theater, Palazzo Chigi Saracini (Italy), Minatomirai Hall (Japan), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), and live on WQXR radio. Her solo debut album “Obsidian” was released on Yarlung Records in 2016, highly acclaimed by the Online Merker as “illuminat[ing] the artistic inspiration and creative exchange between these three Romantic souls,” Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms.
A versatile pianist praised for her musicianship, Mika regularly appears in various concert halls, community venues, and schools in New York City as a pianist of Ensemble Connect—a fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the Weill Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, focusing on chamber music performance, teaching artistry, and entrepreneurship. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has been invited to festivals such as Music@Menlo, pianoSonoma, Tanglewood, Danbury, Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Italy), Taos, Icicle Creek, Yellow Barn, Mannes Beethoven Institute, Aspen and Estherwood (U.K.). Also an avid proponent of new music, Mika has worked with several composers of her generation. More recently, she collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw in the world premiere of Stucco & Brocatelle, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and was featured in Milton Babbitt’s centennial celebrations at the Focus! Festival in Lincoln Center and at Spectrum.
Born in Atlanta, Mika grew up in Demarest, New Jersey, and began her studies with Olegna Fuschi at the Juilliard Pre-College at the age of seven. After moving to Tokyo, Japan, in 2001 with her family, she returned to the U.S. to study with Benjamin Pasternack at the Peabody Conservatory, where she was a recipient of several awards in piano and chamber music in the five-year BM/MM program. She is currently completing her doctoral studies as a C. V. Starr Fellow at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joseph Kalichstein. At Juilliard, she teaches Piano and Keyboard Skills in the Evening Division, and Piano Topics in the College Division.
Learn more about Ms. Sasaki at www.mikasasaki.com