Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa is a leading bassoonist and pedagogue in United States. In demand as a soloist, teacher and chamber musician, he has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and abroad including Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. He has taught at the most prestigious schools of music and conservatories in the world, including: Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, Tokyo School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music in the United Kingdom, Australian National Academy of Music, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and Taipei National University of Arts. He has participated in music festivals in Germany, France, Australia, Japan and Thailand and has appeared as featured gust recitalist and concerto soloist during numerous annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society. Ishikawa has served as a judge for international competitions held in the U.S. and abroad, including: the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Bassoon Competition, the Tokyo Wind and Brass Competition, the Rimsky-Korsakov Competition of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, the Australasian Double Reed Society competition, the Asian Double Reed Association International competition, and the Wind and Percussion competition of the Moscow 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). 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 double reed performers and teachers throughout Asia. Musicians and teachers from South Korea and Singapore have since joined the board. Ishikawa serves as the Chairman of ADRA.
Ishikawa has been the professor of bassoon at the University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music since 1991. In addition to bassoon performance, his specialties include chamber music and pedagogy. A native-born Japanese and a resident of the United States, he received his educational training in the U.S. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a doctor of musical arts in bassoon performance, and of Northwestern University, where he earned both master's degree in bassoon performance and bachelor of music education degrees.