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Masao KawasakiBack To Artist-Faculty

Instrumental Focus

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Masao Kawasaki leads an international career as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and pedagogue of both violin and viola. In addition to his activity as a performer and teacher he also cohosted the 2010 International Viola Congress. As soloist he performs extensively with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with distinguished artists including Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman, Leon Fleischer, and the Tokyo, Emerson, Juilliard, and American string quartets. He is featured regularly at the Miyazaki International Music Festival, Viola Space, and the 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 and television broadcasts. He has appeared at the Spoleto, Casals, Mostly Mozart, and Nagano festivals, among others. Mr. Kawasaki’s students enjoy careers in every realm of the music field, and in 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program’s Teacher Recognition Award. He is a faculty member at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, Juilliard, College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati. Kawasaki resides in New York City with his wife, Fumiko.

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