Violinist Mari Sato enjoys an active career in the performance, recording, and teaching of chamber music as the second violinist of the Cavani String Quartet, winner of the 1989 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Cleveland Quartet Competition and the 1998 ASCAP-Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.
As a member of the Cavani String Quartet, Mari has performed numerous concerts in the United States and abroad, including appearances at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., Festival L’Epau in France, and engagements at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Ms. Sato has had the honor of collaborating with Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Alisa Weilerstein, Anton Nel, Stephanie Blythe, Charles Neidich and Joel Smirnoff, as well as members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Miami, Takács, Ying, Emerson, Borodin, Amadeus, St. Lawrence String Quartets. She has recorded for the Azica, Gasparo and New World labels. Ms. Sato has given master classes and lecture-demonstrations at universities, colleges, public and private schools in communities around the country.
Mari Sato received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Her major mentors include Peter Salaff, David Cerone, and Paul Kantor. Mari was appointed to the conservatory chamber music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music when she joined the Cavani Quartet in 1995. Equally committed to teaching our youngest musicians, Mari joined the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies faculty at CIM in 2008. Mari Sato makes her home in Shaker Heights, Ohio with husband, Daniel and sons, Owen and Duncan.