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Hinako Sato

Berklee Staff
Berklee Student
Berklee Alum
Member since 2005

About Me

Hinako Sato was born and raised in Tsuruoka, a city located in the Tohoku region, Japan.
Her father being a musician as well as a concert venue and a recording studio owner, she found her love and passion towards music as early as five (5) years old.

She started playing the drums at the age seven (7), and formed her first band with her friends from school the same year. At the age eight (8) she started playing Fender Rhodes, and soon joined her father’s band. This was the beginning of her performance career. She started playing the Piano at 8 and started to play for many choir groups at her school. At the same time she also picked up Trumpet and started playing it in a marching band at school.

She had her first solo Piano concert at the age eleven (11), and the same year she participated in a Piano Competition. She won the 1st prize in Tohoku region (Northern half of the nation) and the 3rd in the nation. She had a lot of media exposure because of this award and for her age. She had two more solo concerts in the following two years. In the meantime, she studied classical percussion for 3 years playing in an orchestra at school.

During the junior year in her High School, she studied abroad in US for a year in participation of the cultural exchange program. While in US, she studied classical Piano and won a superior award at the Florida district Piano competition. She also played for various choir groups at her school and attended many competitions/performances with them.

After returning to Japan, she formed her own group as a guitar and piano/vocal duo and started performing regularly. Her band sometimes expanded to a big band depending on occasions. She was performing in hotels/restaurants/bars/clubs for all types of events in her city and beyond. She also directed a Gospel-choir and played Piano for them for a year and a half. She also performed with Swing Cranes Jazz Orchestra as a vocalist, sometimes as a Pianist. She was involved in just about every musical event in her city.

In 2004, she auditioned and was awarded with Scholarships to come and study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The following year in fall, she started her Piano performance study here at Berklee.

Since then, she has been actively involved with many musicians from around the world. In 2006, she auditioned and joined the band called Zili Misik, and started actively working with them as a Keyboardist/Vocalist. The band had won
numerous recognizable awards until she left in May 2009, and has been one of the most active Berklee-affiliated bands in New England area.

In March 2010, she joined another Boston-based international music group called Women of the World, and she has been taking active role as a keyboardist as well as a project manager, event coordinator, and promoter for the group. Since her joining, the group has performed with artists such as Angelique Kidjo, has been recognized by Bobby McFerrin, and has made their debut at the Carnegie Hall in NY, on March 2011.

She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Management at Berklee, with concentration in the Entrepreneur track. In December 2010, she founded Marketing Club at Berklee, and has been actively leading the group to work on various hands-on marketing and promotional projects as a club director. She is also an active member of Music Law Group and MEISA.

She also has been working at Berkleemusic as an online admission representative for over a year, and she has also been volunteering at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an information desk volunteer on the weekends. She was also an Internet Radio DJ for almost a year at Berklee Internet Radio Network, gaining experience in the college and online radio industry.

Experience & Education


  • Founder/Director for Marketing Club at Berklee
    December 2010 to Present (over 9 years)

    Oversee various marketing projects on which the club is currently working on; Hold meetings with the club executives to decide the directions of the club; Create and delegate various tasks to other club members; Have meetings with other clubs to get a potential collaboration opportunities, etc.

  • Japan Representative/Film Promoter (Volunteer) for LYNCHthree Project
    July 2010 to Present (over 9 years)

    Help promote the fundraising site for the third and final documentary series about David Lynch (an American film director). Create a translated pages, manage online accounts such as Facebook/Mixi/Twitter, etc.

  • Online Admissions Representative for Berkleemusic
    April 2010 to Present (over 9 years)

    Responsible for recruiting prospective students from existing database; Manage inquiries from prospective students through emails; Maintain a customer database containing relevant information and profiles that can be used for research, targeting, and customization, etc.

  • Information Desk Volunteer/Museum Guide for Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    April 2010 to Present (over 9 years)

    Greet and assist the museum visitors with any needs they have. Go around the museum from time to time to answer any questions from the visitors about the collections or about Isabella herself, etc.


  • Online Radio DJ for The Birn (Berklee Internet Radio Network)
    May 2010 to December 2010 (7 months)

    Created and maintained her own Radio show which incorporated the elements of both music and news; had occasional guest DJs and held special programs in Japanese/English, etc.

  • Translation Assistant for Counseling & Advising Center
    September 2009 to September 2010 (about a year)

    Assisted various entering students with their translation needs in three languages(Japanese/English/Spanish).


  • BA in Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music
    2005 to 2011 (6 years)