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, John McDonald, and Eric Sawyer.


Minato's other musical interest includes Western art music in China, computer algorithms as a tool to assist the process of composition, and improvisation at the piano as a means to provoke unbridled self-expression. 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.


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



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