Rio Saito is barely a teenager yet he's already captured the attention of some of Japan's top players.
After his father transferred to Hawaii for work, Rio began playing ukulele and soon started studying with Herb Ohta Jr. Rio's won numerous awards and has played in concert with Jake Simobukuro. In 2014 he performed for TEDxTokyo.
Rio has a lot of energy, technique, and personality. You can hear Jake Shimabukuro's influence in Rio's playing, but listen to Desfinato below and you'll get a foreshadowing of the emerging artist.
According to the note below the second video posted below, Rio was 13 years old when it was filmed in November 2015.. I'm looking forward to a deeper, more personalized sound as he matures. For a young man barely into his teen years, indeed for anyone, this is a great start!
2016: I ~Around~
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CO-CO-ME-RO from RIO's album I~ALONE~