Atsushi Sakai, a former pupil of Harvey Shapiro, completed his studies in the studio of Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with first prizes.
He became interested in the historical violoncello and the viola da gamba early on, and studied these simultaneously at the same institution with Christophe Coin. His talent quickly became known and he was soon invited to perform with ensembles such as Les Talens Lyriques and the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, with which he appears very often and has participated in CD recordings. He is a founding member and solo cellist of the ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée (dir. Emmanuelle Haïm).
Atsushi Sakai is also very active as chamber musician and soloist. He has concertized with Christophe Rousset and Vincent Dumestre, as well as with Alain Planès and the Quatuor Bartok. He has appeared in many major concert halls throughout the world, including Paris’s Cité de la Musique, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, and at the Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci. As a soloist, he has appeared with numerous orchestras, in particular, with the Prague Chamber Philharmonic and with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in the Chamber Music Hall of Berlin’s Philharmonie under the baton of Jesùs Lopez-Cobos.