Aoi Saito

Aoi Saito

VIOLIN 2023 

Violin 2023

Competitors 2023


Raised in Tokyo, Aoi Saito started playing violin at the age of 5 at the Toho Gakuen Music School. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts with honors and is currently studying for her Master’s degree at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Aoi is a 1st prize winner of the Osaka International Music Competition, Kobe International Competition, and the Ibolyka-Gyarfas Foundation Violin Competition in Berlin. Additionally, she was a semifinalist at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Finland in 2022.

As a soloist, she has performed with Geidai Philharmonia and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Aoi was invited to the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland and the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy in Japan.

Aoi is currently playing a precious 18th-century instrument made by the Italian violin maker Giovanni Battista Guadanini, on loan from the Berlin University of the Arts.

Principal teachers

  • Latica Honda-Rosenberg, 2021-present 
  • Masafumi Hori, 2019-2020 
  • Natsumi Tamai, 2018-2020 
  • Asako Urushihara, 2013-2020 
  • Mami Teshigawara, 2009-2012 
  • Ami Watanabe, 2002-2009   

Major Competitions 

  • Semi-finalist, International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, 2022 
  • 1st prize, Violinwettbewerb der Ibolyka-Gyarfas-Stiftung, 2021 
  • Semi-finalist, Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, 2019 
  • 1st prize, Kobe International Music Competition, 2018 
  • Semi-finalist, International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists, 2016 
  • 1st prize, Osaka International Music Competition, 2010




JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001
II. Fugue


HEINRICH WILHELM ERSNT Variations on “The Last Rose of Summer”



Pianist: Philip Chiu


Aoi Saito is generously sponsored by Laurent Verreault.


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