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, 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


Rico Music Academy opens.
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.
Rico returned to Japan and held her first solo concert in Tokyo.
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.
Rico worked as an assistant on a tour of Europe.
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.
Rico began performing more regularly around Tokyo. She performed with the Tokyo Artists’ Orchestra.
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’.
Rico Music Academy’s 10th anniversary. Rico had her third solo recital.
Rico Music Academy held the 10th annual spring concert.
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.
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.
Rico became the permanent conductor for Nerima’s mixed children's choir 'Wohl'.
Rico became the permanent conductor for The Shinjuku Foundation for Creation of Future’s seniors' choir 'Minna de Utaou♪' [Everybody Sing♪]. Rico also became the director of a spin-off choir called 'Utae! Amenbo♪' [Sing! Amenbo♪].
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'.
Rico Music Academy’s 20th anniversary.
Rico held the 20th annual spring concert.
Rico also held the first 'Minna de Utaou♪' concert in Shinjuku. The concert continues to be held twice a year in the winter and spring.
Rico became the director for another spin-off choir from 'Minna de Utaou♪', called 'Nakama to Sing' [Sing with Friends].
Rico also became the supervisor of a spin-off choir from 'Utae! Amenbo♪' called 'Recorder Club'.
Rico Music Academy celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Rico Music homepage was created.
Over the year Rico wrote a column called ‘Fun with Music, Fun with Food’ for the Japan Food Service Equipment Association’s magazine, ‘Chubou’.
In December the ‘Minna de Utaou♪’ concert had its venue changed from Shinjuku to Yumeria Hall in Nerima City.
Rico Music Academy held its 25th-anniversary spring concert featuring current and former students of Rico Music.
An original song by Rico Music called ‘Anata no Sora ni’ [Eternal Memory] had its debut performance. Many people came together to express their gratitude for the last 25 years of Rico Music.
During the December concert another original song entitled ‘Wakamono yo Aruke’ [Hymn for Tomorrow] was performed by all attendees.
The women’s vocal choir ‘Koro Gabel’ was renamed to ‘Aprile’ and Rico was once again appointed leader.
In June at the 38th Shinjuku Choir Festival, another original song called ‘Arigatou no Kotoba wo’ [Wrapped in Love] was performed for the first time by the choir ‘La LALA’.
Continuing on from the previous year, the ‘Minna de Utaou♪’ concert had its name changed to ‘Sasaki Rico Yumeria Concert’. Via use of a projector the audience was able to participate in the performance.
The 26th annual spring concert was held. An original song called ‘Ikiru Tsuyosa’ [Little Hero] was performed by the choir ‘Wohl’.
Another original song from the same musical suite, ‘Shiki’ [Four seasons], called ‘Haru ~ Kimi ga Sukidayo’ [Beginning of Spring (Love)] was also performed for the first time.
On February 5th, the ‘Tanoshiku Utaou’ course was started and over 60 people joined.
From March, due to covid-19, choirs and lectures, as well as TV appearances, had to be canceled, while the ‘Tanoshiku Utaou’ course was continued by sending lessons materials through the mail.
The annual spring concert had to be moved from March to July 6th and was limited to only the performers and their families.
Activities began to resume in autumn, in particular the ‘Tanoshiku Utaou’ course has the remainder of its lessons sent out by mail along with original songs that were uploaded to the website. Rico Music was one of the first to use this method after the pandemic began.
The usual summer and winter solo concerts were canceled due to the pandemic.
On March 17th, the 28th annual spring concert was held. Students and the choir gathered at Yumeria Hall to perform. The following week the ‘Tanoshiku Utaou’ choir met for the first time in a year for a special performance. Over thirty people participated in the performance at the Shinjuku Bunka Centre Hall. It was wonderful to see all the smiling faces.
There are plans to hold the spring concert again in 2022, on the 16th of March.
We will continue to hold performances when possible.

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)

♪‘Nakama to Sing’ (Shinjuku)

♪'Recorder Club' (Yotsuya)

♪Guest teacher to local Elementary and Junior High Schools

Entrance Concerts

‘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.