President

佐々木 理子

Rico Sasaki

Rico piano photo
日本語 English

Rico Sasaki is the director of Rico Music Academy. For some time Rico used the spelling “Riko”, but with the launch of rico-music.jp, she decided to change the spelling to “Rico” to match the spelling of the Spanish word meaning “rich”.

Rico’s Teachers


Vocal Music Sayaka Sudo, L.Bertagnolio, Keiko Nishiyama, Rie Sawada, P.Bartels, E.Haefliger, E.Matisse
Flute Nobuo Nakashima, Mai Suzuki
Piano Mariko Shigematsu
Musicology/Conducting Hisayoshi Inoue
Choir Conducting Hiroshi Gunji
Serotonin Breathing Takahashi Genboku
Yoga Takahashi Genboku, Midori Nakajima

History


1993
Rico Music Academy opens.
1994
Rico Music Academy, together with another music school, held the first annual Rico Music Spring Concert. Rico attended summer school at the Lucerne Academy in Switzerland, where she was taught by Mr.E.Matisse.
1995
Rico returned to Japan and held her first solo concert in Tokyo.
1996
Rico held the 3rd annual spring concert, this time without the assistance of other music schools. From this point on all concerts would be organized solely by Rico Music Academy.
1997
Rico worked as an assistant on a tour of Europe.
1998
Rico held the 5th annual spring concert at the Nerima Culture Centre. From this point on all of the spring concerts would be held there.
Rico performed for the first time in Europe, in collaboration with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra. A local German newspaper described Rico as having “the voice of an angel”.
Upon returning to Japan, Rico held a solo concert in Tokyo.
1999
Rico began performing more regularly around Tokyo. She performed with the Tokyo Artists’ Orchestra.
2001
Rico performed in a concert with classical, seldom used instruments such as the harpsichord.
Rico performed as a soloist for a concert of the religious works of Felix Mendelssohn. She performed ‘St Paul’ and ‘Elijah’.
2002
Rico Music Academy’s 10th anniversary. Rico had her third solo recital.
2003
Rico Music Academy held the 10th annual spring concert.
2004
Rico Music Academy held several concerts across Italy and Austria to celebrate the school's 10th Anniversary. Rico received glowing reviews from local newspapers in Italy and Austria.
Rico organized the “Vocal Training for Beginners” lectures in collaboration with the Shinjuku Culture Center and the Shinjuku International Exchange School.
2007
Rico released her self-published CD.
Rico invited the German concert pianist, Michael Hein, to perform at one of her lunchtime concerts, at a German restaurant in Yurakucho.
Rico’s children's choir performed as part of Nihon TV’s 24 hour “Love saves the earth” programming block.
2008
Rico became the permanent conductor for Nerima’s mixed children's choir “Wohl”.
2009
Rico became the permanent conductor for The Shinjuku Foundation for Creation of Future’s seniors' choir “Mina de Utao♪” (Everybody Sing♪). Rico also became the director of a spin-off choir called “Utaue! Amenbo♪” (Sing! Amenbo♪).
2010
Rico organized and performed in a musical ensemble.
Rico started holding performance activities at nursing homes. So far she has visited over 250 homes.
Rico became the permanent conductor for the Toda's women’s vocal choir “Koro Gabel”.
2012
Rico Music Academy’s 20th anniversary.
2013
Rico held the 20th annual spring concert.
Rico also held the first “Mina de Utao♪” concert in Shinjuku. The concert continues to be held twice a year in the winter and spring.
2016
Rico became the director for another spin-off choir from “Mina de Utao♪”, called “Nakama to Sing” (Sing with Friends).
Rico also became the supervisor of a spin-off choir from “Utae! Amenbo♪” called “Recorder Club”.
2017
Rico Music Academy’s 25th anniversary. Rico Music launched its official homepage.
Rico began writing for the magazine “Chubo” which is put out by the Japan Food Service Equipment Association.

Choir History

Assistant to the conductor, Hiroshi Gunji, for the 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th-anniversary concerts of the Shinjuku Culture Center.
(Examples of Conducting for choirs)
Mahler - ‘Symphony of a Thousand’
Handel - ‘Messiah’
Beethoven - ‘9th Symphony’ ‘Missa solemnis’
Mozart / Fauré / Verdi - ‘Requiem’
Bach - ‘Christmas Oratorio’ ‘B Minor Mass’ ‘St Matthew Passion’ ‘St John Passion’
Dvořák - Stabat Mater
Brahms - A German Requiem
Orff - ‘Carmina Burana’
Also works by a variety of Japanese composers

Children’s Choir

Toda's Boys and Girls Festival Choir

Choir Leadership History

♪Mixed voice choir ‘La LALA’ (Shinjuku)
Permanent conductor

♪Nerima’s mixed children's choir ‘Wohl’ (Shakujii)
Permanent conductor

♪Women’s choir ‘Aprile’ (Toda)
Permanent conductor

♪‘Utae! Amenbo♪’ (Yotsuya)
Facilitator

♪‘Nakama to Sing’ (Shinjuku)
Facilitator

♪'Recorder Club' (Yotsuya)
Guidance

♪Guest teacher to local Elementary and Junior High Schools

Entrance Concerts

'JFP'
'JMO'
'MFO'
‘Japan Symphonia’
‘Music Festival’
‘Family Concert’ etc

Rico singing

Television Productions

Planet-Y - Director
Yomikyo Symphonic Live (NTV)
Into the Music (BS Japan)
Tokyu Silvester Concert (TV Tokyo) Scorer
Classical Music Club (BS Premium) Side

Television Appearances

♪ Violin Lessons for Parents and Children - released by Victor Entertainment

♪ Bravo! Classic (BS NTV)
Rico Music was introduced as part of the ‘Latest Children's Music’ section.

♪ Arashi ni shiyagare, Music Day (NTV)
Provided vocal guidance to Masaki Aiba, of the music group ‘Arashi’, for his performance as part of the ‘Voice of God' choir.

♪ Rico has also done voice-over for commercials and provided guidance for a large number of concerts.