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Sato made a solo debut at the age of 13 and was the winner of three Japanese National Competitions and the Tibor Varga International competition. She was a founding member of the Aspen Soloists, the Festival Chamber Music Society and the Salon Chamber Soloists.
Summers keep Sato busy, with some of America's best-known festivals, where she mainly performs chamber music. She makes regular appearances at the Dobbs Ferry Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Bargemusic, and has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen Festival (where she has taught chamber music), Angel Fire, Gretna Music Festival, The Affnis Festival of Japan and the Kuhmo Festival in Finland. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Tokyo Imperial Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber Orchestra.
As a member of Orpheus, she appears on Deutsche Grammophon recordings, where her releases include Vivaldi's four-violin concerto and Handel's Concerti Grossi, Op. 6. For MusicMasters, she has played with the St. Luke in the Bach Concerti and the chamber music of Hindemith and Beethoven. She has also recorded for the Delos, Grennadilla, Musical Heritage, and Vanguard labels.
She is a faculty member of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, the Hoff-Barthelson Music School, the Special Music School of America, and the music preparatory division of Mannes College of Music, and has taught chamber music at Queens College.
She and her husband, pianist David Oei, are the owners of a wine shop, Carlyle Wines.