SaNaToMa was formed by Anna Maria Manalo and Satomi Tozawa in 2012. The duo met in Edmonton, Canada and collaborated immediately in a productive inaugural season. The SANATOMA programming and repertoire specializes in music written by female composers and living composers for one piano four hands, balanced by classical favorites. Noteworthy is the work “Ode to #14” by Mihoko Suzuki, composed for the duo, which received its Canadian premiere in May 2014. In July 2016, under the sponsorship of the village of Nishiokoppe in Hokkaido, Japan, SaNaToMa performed several well-received performances of a program of traditional Japanese folk songs and Classical/Canadian repertory, to regional schools and new audiences. SaNaToMa is an award recipient from the Edmonton Council for the Arts.
Satomi Tozawa from Hokkaido, Japan, completed a Master of Music, Piano Performance and Literature degree at Brandon University in Manitoba in 2009 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. During her degree, she focused on contemporary and electroacoustic music as well as performing various pieces from baroque to contemporary with other instrumentalists. She also premiered Michael Vincent’s Flesh Colour at her graduating recital. Ms. Tozawa also received a Master of Arts in Music, Ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta in 2011. Her thesis topic was “Japanese Anti-Art: Japanese Society and Influence from the West.” She is currently teaching music at Kushiro Career College in Hokkaido, Japan, and also performing actively as a chamber musician and soloist. As an accompanist, she was working with Vocal Alchemy from 2009 to 2012, and as a soloist, she has toured parts of Canada and China as part of Masaki’s Rising Stars Tour.
Anna Maria Manalo has been creating and sharing music as a pianist, composer and violinist in solo, chamber, orchestral and community settings; in the USA, Philippines, Canada and Germany. She earned performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.M.- High Honor) where she studied with pianist Howard Karp and violinist Tyrone Greive; and from Hunter College-New York (M.A.) where she studied with pianists Abbey Simon and Herbert Stessin from Juilliard. She also studied composition with composers Stanley Wolf, George Tsontakis, Melinda Wagner at both the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard. She is equally committed as a music mentor, beginning with teaching her two younger sisters and continuing to teach privately and in the conservatory settings through her high school years until present day; in Colorado, Wisconsin, New York City, Boston, USA; the Philippines, Germany and Canada. Anna Maria’s most recent mission in music is to bring classical music in music therapy settings and special needs students.