Atsushi Sakai studies cello with Harvey Shapiro and wins a unanimous first prize, first named, as well as the Jean Brizard Prize at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris in the class of Philippe Muller. Fascinated very early by the viola da gamba and the historical cello, at the same time, he receives the teaching of Christophe Coin in higher and advanced cycles in the same establishment.

We find him as a continuo player in ensembles such as Les Talens Lyriques and the Concert d'Astrée with which he performs a large number of concerts and recordings..

He devotes his time to chamber music and recital where he plays alongside Christophe Rousset and Marion Martineau, hosted on the most prestigious stages. He is co- founder of Sit Fast (consort of violas), and two Quatuor Cambini-Paris.


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Atsushi Sakai has devoted his time and energy to viola da gamba throughout his musical career and has established himself as one of the most respected viol player from his generation.

Playing recitals and chamber music with artists such as Christophe Rousset and Marion Martineau, he has performed at prestigeous European venues (Amsterdam Concert Hall, Vienna concert hall, Queen Elizabeth hall, city ​​of music etc.).  

In 2016, he has released his first solo album from the Aparté label, recording the five complete suites by Forqueray.

Atsushi Sakai is also a founding member of viol consort, Sit Fast.  The group has rapidly made a name for itself and now appears at major French venues and festivals.

They also take part regularly in broadcasts on France Musique.

As a cellist, Atsushi Sakai has gone through a rich musical path and has distinguished himself to possess an uncommonly eclectic repertoire, ranging from baroque music to contemporary music.  He has performed and recorded for numerous French baroque ensembles in the past and is now considered as one of the most remarkable continuo player in Europe.  In 2007, he has cofoundedQuatuor Cambini-Paris, a string quartet on gut strings specializing in classical and romantic repertoire.  Their recording of the 6 string quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart, on Ambroisie/Naïve label released in 2015, has been widely acclaimed by the critics. Quatuor Cambini-Paris has also performed and recorded lesser known French composers such as Jadin, David and Gouvy, and collaborates frequently with Palazetto Bru Zane.  Atsushi Sakai is also an adept player for contemporary music and has toured internationally playing works for cello such as B.A. Zimmermann’s cello sonata. Over the past few years, he has had the privilege to collaborate closely with composerBernard Cavanna, recording and premiering his imaginative works.

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