Satoko Hayami was born and raised in Wakayama, Japan. Satoko currently studies with Virginia Weckstrom at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a graduate student in collaborative piano. She enjoys playing with many of her colleagues and working with the faculty at CIM, music students in the area, as well as participating in musical activities in Cleveland, including International Composers Collective Concerts in Cleveland.
Satoko obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at the Florida Gulf Coast University, where she studied piano with Michael Baron. As a solo pianist, Satoko won first prize at the Gray Perry Young Collegiate Piano Competition in 2008, gaining recognition as the best undergraduate piano student in the state of Florida. She also won top prizes in the 2008 and 2009 Florida Music Teachers’ National Association State Competitions. As a collaborative pianist, she has worked closely with the strings, brass and wind members of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the faculty of Bower School of Music in FGCU. She also served as a collaborative pianist for the master classes of Craig Mumm, associate principal violist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.