Composer | Pianist
Copyright © Eri Saito 2018
Eri Saito is a solo pianist and composer, born in Osaka, Japan, and currently residing near Boston, Massachusetts. In 2015 she published her first album, Dear My Life, containing 8 solo piano tracks that she composed. In 2016 she published her second album, Beginning of The Light, which also contains 8 solo compositions. She is currently working to promote her new album, while devotedly composing new pieces for her next one.
When Eri was just 5 years old her mother recommended her to start learning to play classical piano. At this time she already had perfect pitch, allowing her to easily replay songs, and from there it was history. At age 16 she traveled to Tokyo to see her first professional piano performance, Keith Jarrett. She was so amazed at how beautiful his playing was that she couldn't help but cry. Through his music she could hear so many emotions; joy, sadness, strength, and weakness. To her it felt like the "music was alive." That day truly inspired Eri to become a professional pianist and want to make music that can make people feel what she had felt that day.
Shortly after finishing high school in Japan she began her career as a pianist, having several different jobs including being a solo hotel pianist, solo wedding pianist, as well as playing gigs with other musicians. When she was 20 she received a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music and moved to the United States as a student. There she had private piano lessons with great pianists, such as Ross Ramsay, Ray Santisi, and Francesca Tanksley. Along with her private lessons she also took classes on music theory, ensemble, composition, and music therapy, which was one of her most amazing experiences of all. Her music therapy courses allowed her to work with disabled children and was able to see first hand how music can help people both mentally and physically to feel good, heal, and be able to express themselves. While at Berklee, Eri's talents as a pianist grew so much that she no longer needed to write down her own compositions. She also learned to play a song after hearing it without having the notes and mastered being able to fluently sight read.