BSO: Mischa Nieland chair, endowed in perpetuity; BPO: Helene and Norman L. Cahners chair, endowed in perpetuity
Born in Baltimore in 1955, Sato Knudsen was raised in Newton, Massachusetts, began his musical studies as a violinist at the age of three, and switched to cello when he turned seven. Mr. Knudsen joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1983. His teachers include David Soyer at Bowdoin College and Stephen Geber, Robert Ripley, and Madeleine Foley at New England Conservatory. He also attended the Piatigorsky Seminar in Los Angeles and was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center. Before joining the BSO, he was associate principal cello of the San Antonio Symphony for three years; prior to that appointment he performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Opera Company, New Hampshire Symphony, and Worcester Symphony. Mr. Knudsen was a concerto soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1974, as a winner of the BSO's Youth Concerts Concerto Competition. More recently he has been a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Newton Symphony, and Brockton Symphony. A member of the Hawthorne String Quartet, he has performed extensively with that group in the New England area and in Europe. As cellist with the Anima Piano Trio, he has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall and Jordan Hall, throughout New England, and on radio stations WQXR in New York and WGBH in Boston.