Satoko Hayami


I love music, and I love sharing the joy of music-making with others.

Music gives us unworldly sense of connection and freedom when we are in it. 

My dream is to continue pursuing these amazing moments in making music, 

and share them with my fellow musicians and audiences from all walks of life.


A native of Japan, Satoko Hayami is an active collaborative and solo pianist, also performing on harpsichord and toy piano. A versatile artist, Satoko has performed and taught piano chamber music and accompanied instrumental and vocal repertoire all over the world, most notably, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, Hungary and Italy. In the United States, Satoko has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C.; Millers Outdoor Theater in Houston, TX; Harris Hall in Aspen, CO; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; as well as in unconventional performance spaces. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Beloit College. A passionate performer of new music, she has been active with the Madison New Music Festival and also co-founded Sound Out Loud Collective, a contemporary chamber ensemble that performs and commissions works by living composers.

A winner of the Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship, Satoko is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the mentorship of Martha Fischer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned Masters degrees in Piano Chamber Music & Accompanying at Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She participated in numerous summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival & School, Banff Summer Festival, and the Corsi Internazionali di Musica in Urbino, Italy. Her chamber music coaches have included members of
the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Cavani String Quartet, Cleveland String Quartet, and Pro Arte String Quartet.