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Welcome to the bassoon studio at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music!

The bassoon studio maintains eight to 12 students ranging from undergraduate performance, education and double majors to advanced graduates. Professor of Basson Yoshi Ishikawa is the studio teacher and the primary advisor for all bassoon students. He conducts weekly individual lessons and a studio (group performance) class. Graduate teaching assistants, under Ishikawa's guidance, offer one-on-one tutoring on reed dynamics (making), lesson preparation and coaching for chamber music, including bassoon ensembles. The bassoon studio is active and highly collaborative, and students learn from each other in a caring yet competitive environment.

Merit scholarships, graduate assistantships and fellowships are available for qualified students. For more information about the studio and the admission process, please get in touch!

yoshi ishikawaYoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa

Professor of Bassoon Yoshiyuki Ishikawa is chair of woodwind studies at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music. He has performed and presented solo recitals, master classes and workshops at prestigious conservatories, schools of music and festivals in North America, Eastern and Southeast Asia, Europe and Oceania. His most recent guest performances include concerto performances, chamber music recitals and masterclasses in Thailand, China and the United States. A leader in the double reed community, Ishikawa  founded and is the president of the Asian Double Reed Association (ADRA), which maintains memberships in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. From 1990 to 2020, he served as a member of the IDRS Executive Board holding positions of president, secretary and editor of IDRS online publications. Ishikawa hosted the 51st annual conference of IDRS in July 2023 at the CU Boulder College of Music. The first IDRES live event in three years—due to COVID-19 pandemic-related delays—attracted more than 1,000 participants from around the globe. MORE