Minato Sakamoto is a Japanese composer from Osaka. Ranging from classical concert music to electronic music with heavy uses of computational technologies, his compositions practice the unserious seriously, fuse spontaneous and organic qualities, and demonstrate a clear connection to the past.
Minato is currently studying towards his Ph.D. in composition at Duke University. He previously studied at Amherst College and graduated summa cum laude in 2018. His current and past composition teachers include Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, John McDonald, and Eric Sawyer.
Minato is a Japanese chess lover and Accredited Meteorologist of Japan Meteorological Agency. As a railway addict, Minato constantly wastes his time to explore unique railways in the world. Favorite composer: Johannes Brahms. Favorite locomotive: China Railway DF4 Type.
Minato is the first place winner of the 8SW composition competition 2020. Minato's composer interview with the 8 Strings & a Whistle is available here.
Minato is currently a guest artist 2020-2021 of Boston New Music Initiative. Check here for details.
Two (TOO) Beautiful Photos by Faith Wen (US) and by XieJHao (China)