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Occupation: Contracts Administrator, Cenovus Energy
Pianist since: Age 5
Fun fact: Hitomi performed with the Salsa Rica Ladies Styling Salsa Dancing Team
Hitomi Sato started her piano studies in Japan when she was five. At age eight she was accepted into the Toho Gakuen Music School in Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious musical academies, where she studied piano until she was fifteen. She developed a love for travel after exploring Japan and parts of Russia on her motorcycle, so after graduating from Teikyo University with a BA in Sociology she worked for a time as a senior flight attendant for Japan Airlines before emigrating to Canada in 2007. Once in Canada, she attended and graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a BA in French Literature before moving to Calgary in 2011.
The 2013 flood, which devastated many of Calgary’s downtown communities, brought Hitomi full circle back to music, as the only thing that survived, unscathed, in her flooded apartment was her electric piano! Taking this as a sign, Hitomi completed the RCM Grade 10 exam on her own with First Class Honours, and set her sights on one day participating in the Honens Pro-Am after watching recitals during the 2016 event.
Hitomi began piano studies with Allen Reiser in 2017 and obtained her ARCT with First Class Honours the following year. She is now preparing for the RCM’s Licentiate Diploma. She works full time at Cenovus Energy as a Contracts Administrator, and dedicates the majority of her spare time to playing piano and teaching local and international students from her private studio in Calgary. She lives with her furry cat friend Ryoma, and her partner Tom.
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major Op. 60
Nocturne Op. 33
L’isle joyeuse L. 106