Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa, bassoonist

Professor of Music (bassoon), University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music.

Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa

Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa, bassoonist, specializes in the performance of solo and chamber music literature. He has performed throughout the US and in Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania and South America. He has taught at the most prestigious schools of music and conservatories in the world, such as St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, Tokyo School of Music, Australian National Academy of Music, and Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. His participation in music festivals and conferences includes the Tokyo Double Reed Festival, Australia’s Townsville Chamber Music Festival, and numerous performances during annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS). Ishikawa was one of the featured soloists at the 2010 IDRS Conference at University of Oklahoma where he performed the bassoon concerto by the American composer, Ray Luke. Ishikawa has served as a judge for international competitions held in the US and abroad, including the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Bassoon Competition (www.gilletfox.org), The Tokyo Wind and Brass Competition, and the Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

Ishikawa held the position as the president of IDRS, and he is the creator and the editor of online publications for the society (www.idrs.org). This website is recognized and partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and is credited as the most comprehensive online depository of scholarly articles, one-of-a-kind music and audio and video files in the world. It houses the complete digital archive of publications by IDRS since its inception in 1971. Ishikawa’s most recent IDRS WWW project is a database-driven, original and one-of-a-kind video archive of performances, master classes and lectures by leading double reed artists from around the world. This archive currently contains 245 works, all of which Ishikawa produced and edited. In March 2010, he along with colleagues from Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand established the Asian Double Reed Association, an organization dedicated to uniting ethnic and western double reed performers and teachers throughout Asia. Ishikawa is the co-founder of the High Plains Youth Orchestra and the newly formed Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras, a joint venture of High Plains Youth Orchestra and the Boulder Youth Symphony.

Ishikawa is the professor of bassoon at the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music, and the chair of the woodwind area. A native-born Japanese and a resident of the US, he received his educational training in the US. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Bassoon Performance, and Northwestern University, where he earned both Master of Music in Bassoon Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees.

Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa
University of Colorado at Boulder
College of Music/ 301UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0301 USA

ishikawa@colorado.edu • 303-492-7297

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