Tatsuo Sasaki received a Fulbright Scholarship to Juilliard while he was a senior at Tokyo University of Arts and Music and studied timpani with Saul Goodman, the timpanist with the New York Philharmonic. He received several lessons from noted xylophonist, Yoichi Hiraoka in New York and performed recitals in New York city. In 1966, Sasaki was accepted by The American Symphony directed by Leopold Stokowski as a percussionist. In 1967 he was invited by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and performed as the assistant timpanist and percussionist for two years.
Sasaki returned to Japan in 1969 and became a member of the Japan Philharmonic. He served as a faculty at Sakuyo Conservatoire as percussion instructor and gave his first solo recital in Tokyo in 1972.
Later that year, Sasaki was invited to the Orquestra Sinfonica Brazileiro and relocated to Rio de Janeiro as a principal timpanist. After 18 months in the Orquestra, Peter Eros, music director of San Diego Symphony, invited Sasaki to his orchestra in the US. Sasaki moved to San Diego in the fall of 1973 and served as principal timpanist for the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera until his retirement in 2006. He taught timpani, percussion and marimba at SDU (University of San Diego) and Grossmont College.
Sasaki was featured as a xylophone soloist with the San Diego Symphony, the Glendale Symphony and others. He performed Fantasy on Japanese Wood Prints composed by Alan Hovhaness directed by Andre Kostelanetz; Marimba Concerto by Robert Kurka,; Concertino for marimba by Paul Creston, Suite No.2 by J.S.Bach, and other pieces.
After retirement from the orchestra, Sasaki concentrated his work on the marimba through his teachings, masterclasses, and conducting marimba ensembles in Tokyo and Nagoya.
In 2009 Sasaki formed “The Marimba Duo” with noted marimbist/music arranger/music publisher Michiko Noguchi in Tokyo. The Marimba Duo released several CDs and performed concerts.
🎵 Xylophone Favorite Pieces
♪ Water ball / Eiichi Asabuki
♪ Gossec’s Gavotte
♪ Boccherini “Menuet”
♪ Haru No Umi / Michio Miyagi
♪ G.Bizet / Carmen Selected Melodies
🎵 Popper / Hungarian_Rhapsody Brazilian Symphony Orchestra 1972
🎵 Paul Creston / Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra 1974
Tatsuo Sasaki 1974 (Age 30）
Orchestra：San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Charles Keccham
1974,San Diego State University Amphi Theater
🎵 Prokofiev / Flute Sonata, Op.94 Recital hall of Tokyo 1971
Tatsuo Sasaki 1971 (Age 27）
Sasaki performed the entire flute sonata at the recital hall of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in 1971.
🎵 Robert Kurka : Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, Op. 34 1974 (Age 30）Glendale Symphony (Los Angeles)
🎵 Leo Rossotto / Concertino Classico for Xylophone 1966年(Age 22） NewYork Recital
🎵 Sarasate / Zigeunerweisen 1977年 San Diego Symphony Orchestra
🎵 J.S.Bach / Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor BWV1067 1978年 San Diego Symphony Orchestra
4.Bourrée (Bourrée 1 & 2)
5.Polonaise (& Double)