Maïko Kato

Born in Tokyo, Maïko Kato studied in Japan with Mayumi Tozawa, Tsuguo Hirono and Yuichiro Shina. In 2011, she obtained the Master of Music at the National University of Arts in Tokyo. Maïko Kato came to France in order to specialize on the pipe organs built by Cavaille-Coll.

She came to Europe to study the pipe organ with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen and the harpsichord with Yasuko Bouvard at the Conservatory of Toulouse where she was unanimously awarded the 1st Prize in organ by the jury in June 2010.

In April 2010, she won the 1st Prize in the Grand Prix d’Orgue Jean-Louis Florentz, awarded by the Academy of Fine Arts at the Cathedral of Angers. In 2011, she was admitted in the organ class of the Centre d’Etudes Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Toulouse. She produced her first CD at the end of 2011, with trombonist Fabrice Millischer (Winner of the victories of classical music in 2011) and has given concerts at the festival Toulouse les Orgues, church of Notre Dame du Bourg in Rabastens and Les Invalides in Paris. In 2013, she won the 3rd Prize in the International Competition Xavier Darasse, set in Toulouse. Prize and the Audience Vote Prize in the 11th Competition.