Shunske Sato (1984) is one of the best violinists of his generation. He took up the position of artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society in the 2018-2019 season. His versatility and experience with both modern and authentic instruments form a strong foundation for this position. From the first chair, he will lead the ensemble with fresh eyes, in programmes of music by Bach and his contemporaries. Sato is also the leader of Concerto Köln and is a regular guest leader with the Freiburger Barockorchester, for example.
Shunske has been playing violin since the age of two. He studied at the Juilliard School New York, and in Paris and Munich, with Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, Gérard Poulet and Mary Utiger.
In 2010, he won the audience award and second prize at the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. He has performed as a soloist all over the world, for example with the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich, the Academy of Ancient Music and The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. He has worked with conductors like Richard Egarr, Christopher Hogwood, Vaclav Luks, Kent Nagano and Jos van Veldhoven. Shunske Sato teaches Baroque violin at the Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He lives in the Netherlands, is married to pianist Shuann Chai and has a daughter.