Based in Montréal, QC, Canada
A concert artist, professional accompanist and teacher, Mariko Sato was born in Tokyo, Japan. She taught piano for 11 years at Université Laval before joining the Department of Music at the Cégep régional de Lanaudière in Joliette in 1981. She has performed internationally on three continents, recorded frequently for radio and contributed to the recording of six CDs.
She possesses a diverse musical background, having studied with Joko Gondo, Seymour Bernstein, Arminda Canteros, Lorand Fenyves, Itzhak Perlman, Tsuoyoshi Tsutsumi and György Sebök among others. Always seeking to further her own professional development, she has studied Eutony, Improvisation, Feldenkreis and Osteophony.
Since 1995, she has been perfecting her technical, pedagogical and physical knowledge of the piano through the Taubman Approach at the Golandsky Institute, as well as through ongoing studies with Mary Moran and Edna Golandsky, the co-directors of the Golandsky Institute, and with Ilya Itin in New York and Princeton.
She is an Associate Faculty Member and Certified Associate Teacher with the Golandsky Institute in New York. She has taught the Taubman Technique since 2006 and is currently one of only two Canadian educators to have obtained this certification.
Today, through conferences and workshops, she helps professional pianists, university and college students, piano teachers, accompanists and music lovers of all ages free themselves from physical and technical limitations in order to achieve effortless playing. As a seasoned specialist in injury prevention and Taubman Approach, she also works with injured pianists and other instrumentalists. She teaches students from here and abroad at her private studio in Montreal as well as via Skype.