Sophomore Satto Tonegawa was awarded first prize by the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF), a program that recognizes young musicians and provides them with the opportunity to perform in formal concert settings at the best concert halls in New York City. Selected from thousands of students who auditioned nationwide, Satto won the unique honor of performing at the AFAF Winners’ Concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 23. The last musician to take the stage at the concert event, Satto performed Chopin Etude Op. 25.
Apart from his talent as a pianist, Satto is also an accomplished cellist. He is now working on Chopin Ballad #1 and Rachmaninoff Etude Tableauz Op39 #1 for piano and Tchaikovsky Lococo Variations and Schumann Concerto for the cello.