Minato Sakamoto is a Japanese composer from Osaka. 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's composer interview with the 8 Strings & a Whistle is available here. The premiere of his Rondo Americano for flute, viola, and cello is scheduled on November 21, 2020 at Catalpa Arts Club in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC (live-streamed).


Minato is a guest artist in Quarantune Snacks series, part of the Virtual Boston New Music Festival. He will appear on November 1, 7, and 14, 2020 as a pianist and composer. Check here for details. 


Two (TOO) Beautiful Photos by Faith Wen (US) and by XieJHao (China)



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