Saito String Quartet
Japanese string quartet consisting of Machia Saito, Kiyo Kido (violins), Yuki Hyakutak (viola) and Masahara Kanda (cello).
Saito String Quartet appears on
Composer Eve Duncan commissioned violinists from Austria, China, Japan as well as Australia, to record her compositions which she has compiled onto this fascinating CD.
Members of Saito String Quartet
Machia Saito founded the Trio Merville, Ruakh String Quartet, and was leader of the Melos Chamber Orchestra and a member of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. His performances include a solo recital in Tsuda Hall in Tokyo and performances of Japanese music at Carnegie Hall.
Kiyo Kido studied violin with Yoko Koboyashi, Isako Shinozaki and Ruggerio Ricci and viola with Nobuo Okuda. Her vast realm of musical activities as a violinist evolves mainly around chamber music.
Yuki Hyakutak (viola) graduated from the Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku School of Music and in 1995 gave her debut recital. She has performed works by Japanese composers at New York's Carnegie Hall.
Masahara Kanda was principal cellist with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony from 1982 until 1990. He won first prize in the 42nd Japan Music Competition and received the 11th Kenzo Nakajima Music Award in 1992.