Satsuki Odamura is a koto virtuoso who moved to Australia in 1988 after gaining her Shihan (master license) from koto legends Tadao and Kazue Sawai. Since then she has inspired a number of Australian composers to write koto pieces. She has worked with many musicians from other genres, such as jazz and classical, as well as performing with symphony and chamber orchestras, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She believes that artists with no previous knowledge of the koto are able to create exciting new directions and dimensions of the instrument. In 2002 she formed The Sydney Koto Ensemble, which has been performing in venues throughout the country, playing both the standard 13-string koto and the 17-string bass koto. The ensemble's contemporary repertoire explores the depth and breadth of the koto's sound. The energy of the performances showcases the power and elegance for which the Sawai School is known.