MIHO SASAKI ... composer, pianist, teacher




SCHEDULE  .  CALENDAR  .  EVENTS




MIHO SASAKI   composer


2023

Bargemusic Series - Thomas Piercy/Tokyo to New York
Performance of 黎明-reimei-Dawn
for ohichiriki, cello and piano
Brooklyn, NY - November 3, 2023


Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki
Performance of The Midnight Sun 
for violin and bayan-accordion
Butler University, Indianapolis, IN - October 31, 2023


Tokyo to New York / Random Access Music (RAM)
Premiere of 黎明-reimei-Dawn 
for ohichiriki, cello and piano
Thomas Piercy, ohichiriki, Daniel Hass, cello, Marina Iwao, piano
Martha Graham Studio Theater, New York, NY
September 23 & 24, 2023


The Indianapolis Women's Chorus
Performance of In the Wistful Heart of Night
for SSA voices with piano accompaniment
Meagan Johnson, conductor
Indianapolis, IN - May 14 & 15, 2023


Random Access Music (RAM): Queens New Music Festival
Premiere of The Midnight Sun 
for clarinet and bayan-accordion
Thomas Piercy, clarinet, Iwo Jedynecki, bayan-accordion
Queens, NY - May 7, 2023


Notre Dame College - The Wind Symphony, Honor Band Festival
Performance of Ruach: Spirit, Breath Wind
Michael Krueger, director and conductor
Cleveland, OH - February 25, 2023


University of Central Arkansas
Performance of Komorebi: tree escape light 
Gail Levinsky, alto saxophone
Conway, AR - February 13 - 2023


St. Paul's Episcopal Church's initiative for Faith, Justice and the Arts grant
       (grant supporting multiple composition projects for various instrumentation)

      The Indianapolis Women's Chorus
        Recording project of In the Wistful Heart of Night
        for SSA voices with piano accompaniment
        Meagan Johnson, conductor at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
        Indianapolis, IN - February 5, 2023
    
        Oliver Worthington, baritone solo with chamber ensemble
          May - June, 2023
  

TOKYO TO NEW YORK - "Moments In This Time"
Performance: a little peace in the alley looking at blue sky
Thomas Piercy, clarinet
Tokyo, Japan - January 20, 2023


Butler University: Double Reed Day
Performance of El Puente for bassoon and piano
Lia Uribe, Bassoon, Ross Dryer, piano
Indianapolis, IN - January 21, 2023



2022


BRNO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
CD released:December 2022, Ablaze Records.inc
Sacrosanct for orchestra
Mikel Toms, music director and conductor
(Brno, Czech Republic  -  recorded June 3, 2021)


International Clarinet Association - New Music Weekend 2022
Interview and performance of a little peace in the alley looking at blue sky
Thomas Piercy, clarinet
October 22, 2022


Muskingum University
Performance of Komorebi: tree escape light 
Gail Levinsky, alto saxophone
New Concord, OH - October 16, 2022


BUTLER UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Faculty Artists Series
"Schelle & Sasaki & Friends"
New chamber music by Michael Schelle and Miho Sasaki
Premiere of Sasaki's "Furin-interlude" for clarinet and piano
Indianapolis, IN - September 27, 2022


Random Access Music (RAM): Queens New Music Festival
Performance of Swirling Spheres for flute, clarinet, violin, cello piano
Queens, NY - June 12, 2022


Missouri S&T Symphony Orchestra
Performance of Sacrosanct
Kyle Wernke, director and conductor
Rolla, Missouri - May 1, 2022


University Central Florida: SaxFest 2022
Guest Artist Recital: Katherine Weintraub with Eunmi Ko
Performance of Komorebi: tree escape lights for solo alto saxophone
Tampa, Florida - April 17, 2022


The Music She Writes: Where There Are Mountains, Snow, and Trees
Performance of Komorebi: tree escape lights for solo alto saxophone
Katherine Weintraub, alto saxophone
Tampa, Florida - April 1, 2022


St. Paul's Episcopal Church's initiative for Faith, Justice and the Arts grant
(grant supporting multiple composition projects for various instrumentation)

St. Paul's SATB Choir, soloist and chamber ensemble
Performance and recording: Preces nostrae
for SATB choir and SATB solos with harp, handbells, piano and organ
Patrick Pauloski, conductor
Brad Hughley, organ and Director of Music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, IN - January 30, 2022

The Indianapolis Women's Chorus
Performance: In the Wistful Heart of Night
for SSA voices with piano accompaniment
Meagan Johnson, conductor
Christel De Haan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN - May 14 - 15, 2022



2021


The Arc Project Online Festival
"Concert of Asian Female Composers"
Performance: Operation Ironwood for cello and bayan accordion
William Grubb, cello, Miho Sasaki, accordion
Jinchao Wang, project coordinator
December 18, 2021


The Arc Project Online Festival
Performance: a little peace in the alley looking at blue sky
Thomas Piercy, clarinet
December 11, 2021


Butler University - Bassoon Studio
Performances of el Puente for bassoon and piano
Mia Nunokawa, bassoon; Ross Dryer, piano
Indianapolis, IN - November 9 & 14, 2021


Thomas Piercy, New York Concert Series
Performance: a little peace in the alley looking at blue sky
Thomas Piercy, clarinet/hichiriki, Marina Iwao, piano
St. Boniface, Brooklyn, NY -  October 17, 2021


Contemporary Art Music Project (CAMP) "Constellations"
Performance: Komorebi: tree escape light
Katherine Weintraub, alto saxophone
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Tampa, FL
October 9, 2021


TOKYO TO NEW YORK - "Moments In This Time"
Performance: a little peace in the alley looking at blue sky
Thomas Piercy, clarinet
Brooklyn, NY - October 1, 2021


TOKYO TO NEW YORK - "Celebration" Concert
Performance: Swirling Spheres
(for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
Thomas Piercy, Artistic director
Scorca Hall, National Opera Center, NYC, NY
September 12, 2021


BRNO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Guest Composer (virtual)
Performance and commercial recording of Sacrosanct 
Mikel Toms, music director and conductor
Brno, Czech Republic  -  June 3, 2021


TRINITY UNIVERSITY
Guest Composer
New Work commissioned by Trinity University Wind Ensemble
World premiere: "Reverence for the Goddess"
James Worman, music director and conductor
San Antonio, TX  -  May 9, 2021


TOKYO TO NEW YORK - MUSIC|DANCE
Broadcast premiere: Swirling Spheres
(for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
Thomas Piercy, Artistic director
New York  -  May 8, 2021




2020


"MOMENTS IN THIS TIME" / TOKYO TO NEW YORK
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, IN  -  October 2020




2019


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



2018


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
 


Highlights : 2013 - 2017


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


MTNA/IMTA State Conference
World premiere:
The More the Merrier; the Fewer the Better Fare
for clarinet, bassoon and bayan-accordion by Zae Munn
Salvador Perez Lopez, clarinet, Douglas Spaniol, bassoon
Miho Sasaki, bayan-accordion
Anderson University, September 30, 2023


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.)