MA. MOMOKO SAKAI

MA. MOMOKO SAKAI

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Momoko Sakai, born in Japan, starts her music career with the age of four, with cello lessons, piano lessons and solfège at the Music School for Children of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. She studied at the Nihon University College of Art. There, she started to develop a strong interest in music education. She graduated from the university with the top grade in her class, and at the same time, she successfully finished a parallel four years music education training program. After graduation, she started to work at the Nihon University College of Art as an assistant teacher. She also gave cello lessons at the Miyaji School of Music, teaching 20 students, from 5 to 80 years old. She organized class concerts and annual cello ensemble concert.

Out of an inner ambition for excellency and improvement she started studying again, this time in Europe. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with professor Pierre Doumenge. In 2014 she moved to Austria and studied with professor Kerstin Feltz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz parallelly attending Music Education Voice and Instrument courses at the University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2017 she graduated with the highest grade.

During and after her studies in Europe, Momoko could gather numerous professional experiences.

  • April 2017, Gulda Cello Concerto at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz,
  • May 2016, Bach Cello Suite No. 5, at the Europatag in ORF-Landesstudio Steiermark
  • October 2014, Chamber Music and Songs by Elizabeth Maconchy, “Narration for Solo Cello” (1985)
  • 2014 and 2015, Edinburgh International Music Festival, Lunchtime recital

In Tokyo she played in a piano trio which received a Prize in a Chamber music at the 10th Japan Ensemble Competition 2009. She is familiar with pop music and modern music as well as traditional and contemporary classical music. The topic of her master thesis with the highest evaluation is “Bunraku for solo cello (1960)” composed by Toshiro Mayuzumi. She attended several pop musicians’ concerts as a band member. In 2012 she attended the Libera Japanese tour. From 2014 to 2016 she played in a guitar and cello duet band.

In 2018, she moved to Vienna for further development of her career. Having studied at various European and Asian universities, she gained valuable cross-cultural experiences, that taught her not only different approaches to music, but also cross-cultural competencies  and awareness. The curriculum of cello lessons will be determined through discussions and consultation with the students. She will find the best way to learn cello to students. The motto of her lesson is to enjoy music through the cello, thereby enriching your life.