Yo Saito (Harp)
Yo Saito is a harpist having high evaluation among European musicians, though she lives in Tokyo and play active in Japan. By the solo activity, playing the classical legitimate repertory at recitals, concerts and do recording activitis. And she also appears as a soloist of the orchestras. For an ensemble player, played together with Rolland Daugareil (Vn), Marc Desmons (Vla), Patrick Zgmanowski (Pf), Jean Ferrandis (Fl), Roland Kovacs (Fl), getting their appraisal. As an extra player of the best orchestra of Tokyo in the 90s, often got a highly remarkable evaluation from great conductors such as Horst Stein, Eugene Svetlanov. As a studio musician participate in a lot of opportunities of participating recording-sessions and work with many creators.
On the other hand of using accoustic harp, Yo has own performance style using of an electric harp and special sound system. She is doing composition and arrangement by herself, and her distinctive universe is unique relaxing music that is not jazz, nor rock. Yo plays also Japanese historic harp “KUGO”.
Born in 1960 Yokohama , the basis of cellist’s father and a musicologist’s mother,.
Studied harp at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music and Conservatoire de Lausanne , with Chantal Mathieu, Sumire Kuwajima and Atsuko Yoshino.
2nd prize winner of the 3rd Japan Harp Competition.
Director/ Management Chairman of Japan Harp Association.
The CD albums are released by the label of Universal Music and her own Igrek Record.