Award winning pianist Mari Sato was born in Japan in 1987. After studying with Atsuko Okada at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, she moved to Vienna to study under Avedis Kouyoumdjian at the University of Music and Performing Arts, where she received the highest mark and was an Honoree for obtaining the Magistra Diploma (M.Mus) in 2015.
Mari's major awards include: 1st Prize, 19th International Brahms Competition in 2012, piano category, Austria;
Honor Prize, 15th International Piano Competition Premio Schumann in Italy in 2008; 2nd prize(no first prize awarded), International Music Competition in Yokohama Duo category in 2010; 1st Prize, 6th International Interpretationscompetition Verfemte Musik in 2014, Germany and 1st Prize, International Chamber Music Competition in Pinerolo/Triono "Cittá di Pinerolo e Torino - Cittá Metropolitana" in Italy (WFIMC) in 2016, 3rd Prize, M-Preis in USA 2017, 1st Prize and Grand Prix, International Beethoven chamber music competition in Poland 2017.
Her mesmerising musical talent, and her enduring love of both chamber music and contemporary music, has lead her to perform in Austria, Germany, Italy and Japan. She was invited to perform with many major orchestras, including Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo New City Orchestra, Chubu-Pilharmonic Orchestra and Hiroshima Symphonie Orchestra, with Maestro Mr.Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Maestro Mr.Junichi Hirokami and Mr.Yu Sugimoto.
Mari is a scholar of the Rohm Music Foundation since 2013-2014 and is currently based in Vienna where she is the Senior Lecturer for String Instrument Solo- and Class accompanist at the University of Music and Performing Art Vienna.