Internationally celebrated Japanese pianist, Takeru Saito, has inked deals with some of the biggest names in entertainment to star in
concerts and performances in the United States. During the next three years, Saito will be sharing the stage with legendary comedian
Rob Schneider, the Karol Zabka Trio, Nikos Chatzitsakos Trio and Tiny Big Band, and the Benjamin Young Trio. These partnerships
mark a major achievement in Saito’s already-impressive career and further solidify his position as one of the most sought-after artists
Internationally celebrated Japanese pianist, Takeru Saito, has inked deals with some of the biggest names in entertainment to star in concerts and performances in the United States. During the next three years, Saito will be sharing the stage with legendary comedian Rob Schneider, the Karol Zabka Trio, Nikos Chatzitsakos Trio and Tiny Big Band, and the Benjamin Young Trio. These partnerships mark a major achievement in Saito’s already-impressive career and further solidify his position as one of the most sought-after artists working today.
Renowned actor and comedian Rob Schneider began taking Saito on the road in 2020 as his lead Pianist extended Takeru’s role as his Lead Pianist through 2026.
Since 2020, Saito has accompanied the renowned actor and comedian Rob Schneider as his lead pianist, performing with him during his comedy shows and tours. This culminated in Schneider’s 2020 Netflix special, Asian Momma, Mexican Kids," in which Saito was a guest star, performing alongside Schneider. Saito’s appearance in the special earned him recognition from major news outlets, such as Decider. Saito has signed on to continue performing with Schneider through 2026 and this fall, Saito can be seen performing throughout the country on Rob Schneider’s tour The Narcissist Confessions."
Rob Schneider isn’t the only high profile artist that Takeru Saito performs with. Since 2019, he has been the lead pianist and keyboardist of the Karol Zabka Trio. This partnership remains strong and has been extended through 2026. Saito is set to continue performing with the band, starring in concerts at the annual Oneness Festival, organized annually by the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic, and ongoing concert series and tours at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood locations throughout the United States.
Another notable engagement will see Saito working with the eminent bassist, Nikos Chatzitsakos, from 2023 to 2026. As the Lead Pianist of Nikos Chatzitsakos Tiny Big Band and the Nikos Chatzitsakos Trio. Saito is set to perform on the Tiny Big Band’s upcoming album and a tour in November 2024 and will see Saito starring in concerts at venues such as The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA. Saito will also be a leading performer in an ongoing concert series with Nikos Chatzitsakos Trio at the Four Seasons Hotel and the music venue Antique Garage in New York. Takeru Saito's versatile talent has also caught the attention of prominent bassist and recording artist Benjamin Young. He is slated to perform as the lead pianist of the Benjamin Young Trio from 2023 through 2026. The trio will be headlining a monthly concert series at the popular Coney Island Brewing in Brooklyn, NY.
Signing deals with some of the biggest names in show business is a major achievement for Takeru Saito. But it should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his work. For many years, Saito has been one of the most in-demand artists in the industry. His noteworthy performances have been praised in national publications such as JazzTrail and Arts Fuse, specifically for his role as the featured soloist and Lead Pianist for Darren Barrett's 2018 album Time For Romance, But Beautiful." As the Lead Pianist on Kelvin Andreas' 2019 album Vivid Imagery," Saito’s performance again earned recognition in JazzIz and UK Vibe. In 2022, he was invited to be a starring performer at the charity event An Evening to Support the People of Ukraine," produced by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York.
Saito's career is a testament to his extraordinary talent and unwavering dedication to his craft. In addition to his affiliations with renowned entertainment personalities and his contributions to globally recognized events, Saito's work as a recording artist for notable albums has consolidated his position as a leading figure in the music industry.
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