Sayaka Okada was born in Kanagawa, Japan, and began playing the violin when she was five years old. Ms. Okada graduated from the Toho High School of Music in Tokyo in 1993 where she studied with Kenji Kobayashi. She continued her education in the United States at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied violin with Jaime Laredo, Jascha Brodsky and Joseph De Pasquale on the viola. While in Philadelphia, Ms. Okada also studied chamber music with Felix Galimir, Peter Oundjian, Peter Wiley, Michael Tree, and Karen Tuttle. In 1995, she was a finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra competition.
After graduating in 1995, Ms. Okada join the Century Orchestra Osaka in Japan as Principal Second Violin. At this time she performed many concerts with Ruben Gonzalez, former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1999, Ms. Okada join the San Antonio Symphony. In 2003, She returned to join the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan as Principal Violin, alternating between Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin, and making CD and DVD recordings with this orchestra. She came back to the San Antonio Symphony in 2008.
In addition to playing in these orchestras, Ms. Okada has been involved in many other orchestras including Ft. Worth Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, and Kobe Chamber orchestra. Ms. Okada appeared in many chamber concerts including Camerata San Antonio, Cactus Pear Music Festival, and the Olmos Ensemble.
Ms. Okada also plays viola. She began viola studies in 1991 and has performed solo recital and chamber music. She recently performed on a CD as violist for the Cactus Pear Music Festival.