Aspen Music Festival And School

Masao KawasakiBack To Performers

Instrumental Focus

  • viola
  • violin

Masao Kawasaki leads an international career as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and pedagogue of both violin and viola. His multi-faceted career has resulted in the development of musicians that now enjoy careers in every realm of the music field. In addition to his activity as a performer and teacher he also co-hosted the 2010 International Viola Congress in Cincinnati.

As soloist he performs extensively with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. As chamber musician he has collaborated in chamber music with the world’s most distinguished artists including Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Suk, Joshua Bell, Cho-Lian Lin, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg and Leon Fleischer.  Guest appearances include Tokyo, Emerson, Juilliard, and American String Quartets.

Currently he is featured regularly at The Miyazaki International Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival and School where he is an artist-faculty member. Mr. Kawasaki has recorded for the CBS Sony, EMI, Nonesuch, Phillips, and Bis labels and has been featured globally on radio broadcasts. Television appearances include NHK-TV Classic Hours and the PBS Great Performance Series.

He is frequently presented master classes and invited to serve on juries of competitions for both violin and viola in the United States and abroad. His students enjoy careers as soloists, chamber musicians, concertmasters, associate concertmasters, and principal players of major orchestras worldwide and professors of major international universities and conservatories. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program’s Teacher Recognition Award.He is on the faculty member of The Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival and School. Mr. Kawasaki resides in New York City with his wife, Fumiko.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO