A member of the Miró Quartet since 1996, Satoko Sandy Yamamoto has performed
throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician, garnering
praise from audiences and critics alike. Since her solo debut with the North Carolina
Symphony at the age of 11, Sandy has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras
including the Winston?Salem Symphony, Durham Symphony, Asheville Symphony
Orchestra, St. Barths Festival Orchestra, International Music Program Orchestra, and the
Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra among others.
With the Miró Quartet, she was a top prizewinner in the Naumburg and Banff competitions
and received both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Cleveland Quartet Award. Sandy
was invited to be a guest speaker and role model for the winners of the 2003 Glamour
Magazine's Top Ten College Women, which is an annual scholarship competition that
recognizes outstanding women in their field.
Upon winning the North Carolina National Bank Competition at age 13, Sandy received a full
scholarship to the North Carolina School for the Arts. She continued her studies at the
Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees. Her
principal teachers were Elaine Richey, David Cerone, and former Cleveland Quartet violinist
Sandy teaches both violin and chamber music at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of
Music at the University of Texas at Austin. When she is not touring or teaching, Sandy enjoys
being at home with her husband Daniel Ching (also a member of the Quartet), their two
sons and two cats, and indulging in her two guilty pleasures: massages and HGTV.