Jazz Pianist Sawako Hyodo Official Website

Jazz PianistSawako Hyodo

Official Website

Jazz Pianist Sawako Hyodo Official Website

Jazz PianistSawako Hyodo

Official Website

Jazz Pianist Sawako Hyodo Official Website

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PROFILE

Sawako Hyodo Jazz pianist / Composer / Arranger

Winner of 11 reputable awards including the title for international songwriting awards in the jazz category, Sawako is highly regarded for her original compositions and has released 8 albums as a lead artist. Rooted in authentic jazz, her energetic yet melodious songs captivate listeners and audiences, resonating gently and comfortably, while evoking nostalgic scenes and memories. Her albums have successfully made it in the top tiers of music charts on iTunes Store and Apple Store.

Sawako began playing classical piano at the age of 5. During studying at Musashino Academia Musicae for 4 years and Tokyo Gakugei University for 2 years, she was inspired by the Jazz performance and studied Jazz under Bruce Barth in New York and had collaborative sessions with renowned musicians at local music clubs. Upon finishing graduate school, she began to perform professionally, followed by a record debut with the album “Brand New Melody” in 2008. Sawako is highly regarded for her original compositions and has released 8 albums as a lead artist. Apart from piano solos and piano trios, she also engages in arranging for string and winds instruments, showcasing her distinct musical perspective.

The track ‘Nostalgic Night’ from the 3rd album “My Wish” (2011), earned the second prize in the jazz category at the ‘John Lennon Songwriting Contest.’ With the song ‘Blue Flame’ from the 5th album and first music video “Naturally” (2013), Sawako became the first ever Japanese musician to receive the Lennon Award (grand prize of the year) in the jazz category at the ‘2013 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.’ Throughout her musical career, she has received a total of 11 international composition awards.

Her 7th album, “Beyond the Light” (2020), appeared in top positions on international charts on iTunes and Apple store: No.1 in Thailand, No.5 in Macau, No.7 in Singapore, No.12 in Japan, No.13 in Panama, No.14 in Armenia, No.19 in Hungary, and No.20 in South Korea.
In August 2023, Sawako celebrated her 15th anniversary of her album debut with a live performance at ‘Marunouchi Cotton Club,’ a sister venue of Blue Note Tokyo.

Sawako Hyodo Awards

2011
Semi-finalist in [ John Lennon Songwriting Contest ] Jazz Category for “Nostalgic Night”
2011
Semi-finalist in [ International Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “Nostalgic Night”
2012
Semi-finalist in [ International Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “Blue Flame”
2013
Finalist in [USA Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “alive”
2013
Semi-finalist in [ International Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “It’s Happyend”
2013
Grand Prix (Lennon Award) in [ John Lennon Songwriting Contest ] Jazz Category for “Blue Flame”
2016
Semi-finalist in [ International Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “Hot Spice”
2016
Semi-finalist in [ International Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “Puzzle of your Heart”
2020
Semi-finalist in [ International Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “Beyond the Sky”
2021
Finalist in [ USA Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “Beyond the Sky”
2021
Semi-finalist in [ International Song Writing Competition ] Jazz category for “Splash!!”

LIVE
SCHEDULES

2024.03.03.sun

Nuages Spring Live at IKEBUKURO TOKYO JAPAN  more 

2024.04.19.fri.

Nuages Live at ASAGAYA TOKYO JAPAN  more 

2024.04.21.sun

Cinema Trip Lovers Live at OMOTESANDO TOKYO JAPAN  more 

2024.05.24.fri

Sawako Hyodo Special TRIO at NAKAMEGURO TOKYO JAPAN  more 

2024.07.20.sat

Nuages 1st Album Release Live  more 

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