Professor of Bassoon
Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa is a leading bassoonist and a pedagogue in the US. He has performed and 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 UK, Australian National Academy of Music, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Taipei National University of Arts, Beijing Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory and Singapore Conservatory. He has participated in music festivals in Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan. He regularly performs concertos, solos and chamber concerts as a guest artist during annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS). This event is considered one of the most important gatherings of bassoonists and oboists in the world. Ishikawa often serves as a judge for international competitions held in the US 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 and the Asian Double Reed Association International Double Reed Competition. In fall 2013, Ishikawa presented concerts and master classes in China, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. In 2014 Ishikawa’s activities include the presentation of the world premiere of Partita No. 2 by Bill Douglas in New York City during the 43rd annual conference of IDRS, a master class and recital at the Australian Double Reed Association Conference, and adjudicating during the VI International Moscow Conservatory Competition for Winds in Russia.
Ishikawa held the position as the president of IDRS, and currently he is the creator and editor of online publications for the society (www.idrs.org). He is the founder and chairman of the Asian Double Reed Association, an organization dedicated to uniting double reed performers and teachers throughout Asia. The leadership of ADRA consists of the most prestigious double reed artists and pedagogues from Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Ishikawa spearheaded the second annual conference of ADRA, which was held in Taiwan in December 2013.
Ishikawa has been the professor of bassoon at the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music since 1991. In addition to bassoon performance, he specializes in chamber music and woodwind pedagogy. 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 of Northwestern University, where he earned both Master of Music in Bassoon Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees.