Saori Chiba is a native of Tokyo, Japan. According to the Chicago Daily Herald, this “brilliant Japanese pianist” is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her superb keyboard artistry. Of her five current recordings, two have captured the Daily Herald’s coveted Top Ten Classical CDs of The Year Award and one was selected to the Grammy Award Entry List category for “Best Chamber Music Performance.” Saori Chiba’s CDs are regularly featured on nationally prominent FM radio stations WFMT, WFIU, KING and KUAT. Her vocal master class credentials include associations with Dalton Baldwin, Martin Katz, David Schrader, Denyce Graves, Joyce DiDonato and Samuel Ramey. Of late, Ms. Chiba has collaborated with Ravinia Festival conductor Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and globally recognized violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. She also appeared on many other prestigious chamber music programs, such as the Dame Myra Hess Concerts and the PianoForte Salon Series. Recently, she was a guest collaborate pianist for the Italian summer opera festival, Musica nelle Marche and Chamber Music Festival in Orvieto, Italy. Highly sought after as an accompanist, Ms. Chiba frequently assists with Chicago Opera Theater and Opera Santa Barbara.