Lute Festival 2006 Faculty
Toyohiko Satoh

     Toyohiko Satoh was born in 1943 in Japan. After completing his education and early study of the lute in Tokyo, in 1968 he went to Switzerland to study with Eugen Müller-Dombois at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

     Since 1970, when he made the world’s first solo album on baroque lute, he has recorded extensively for Telefunken and Philips, and since 1990 for Channel Classics in the new CD series. His formal debut in the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982 received quite a favorable review in The New York Times. He has performed in many Festivals including the Vienna Musikwochen, the Holland Festival, the Toronto Festival, and the Flanders Festival.

     Toyohiko Satoh has been active as a composer since 1981 and has performed his compositions in festivals in the USA, Portugal, Holland and Japan. Two CDs with his own compositions performed with his group Alba Musica Kyo have been released on the Channel Classics label. With that group he also performs medieval, Renaissance and early baroque music as well as contemporary music of other composers. Some of his compositions and his Method for the Baroque Lute are published by Tree Edition in Germany and Academia Music in Japan.

     He has recently retired from his position as lute professor at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Holland, which he had held since 1973. He frequently gives masterclasses in various countries, such as Italy, Germany, the USA, Canada and Japan. Since 2000 he has been the president of the Lute & Early Guitar Society of Japan (LGS-Japan) and the LGS-Europe.


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