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Masao KAWASAKI VIOLA

BIOGRAPHY

 Masao Kawasaki started playing the violin at the age of five; he studied under Ryosaku Kubota and Hideo Saito. He was the overall winner at the All Japan Student Music Contest. After finishing his studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, he studied under Dorothy Delay as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School of Music.
 Since 1973, Masao Kawasaki has been living in the United States marking his debut at  Carnegie Hall with the Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra. Hitherto, he has performed with ; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra; various orchestras in Bilbao and Valencia in Spain; the NHK Symphony Orchestra; the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra; the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan.
 He has been invited to numerous music festivals in Aspen, Spoleto, Casals, and to the Miyazaki International Music Festival. Kawasaki has performed with artists including: Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Josef Suk, Cho-Liang Lin, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher and Gil Shaham.
 His activity as a chamber music player includes performances as guest violist with quartets at Julliard, Emerson Tokyo, American, Halle along with collaboration with the Mito Quartet. He is also a regular violinist at the New Jersey Chamber Music Society. In Japan, he has been active with the TOKYO Soloists and is a member of Mito Chamber Orchestra.
 His talent has been widely appreciated both in Japan and in the United States. He has also been contributing to the education of young musicians through performances and lectures at "Viola Space" , which has been held for 10 years, at Casals Hall and at the Miyazaki International Music Festival.
 His recordings with Emerson String Quartet, New Jersey Chamber Music Society and Viola Space, along with solos and numerous chamber music pieces are recorded by Nonesuch Records, New World Records, Philips Records, CBS Sony, EMI and BISS. He also appears frequently on many television and radio programs.
 Masao Kawasaki is a professor of string instruments at Brooklyn Academy of Music since 1980. From 1981 he taught as an assistant of Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School of Music; in 1983 he became a professor of viola at Cincinnati Music Academy; in 1987 he became a professor at the Juilliard School of Music. In addition to the three teaching positions, he has been serving as a jury member in numerous international competitions, and has been invited to lecture at many universities and to hold master classes in and out of the United States. His students include: Kyoko Takezawa, Asako Urushihara, Joji Hattori, Tamaki Kawakubo, Mayuko Kamio, Shunsuke Sato, Anne Akiko Meyers, Mila Georgieva, Joshua Bell, Vadim Gluzman and Naja Salerno Sonnenberg.
 Masao Kawasaki has been performing also as an orchestra player and as concert master with major orchestras in the United States and in Europe, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his professorship, he has also been playing in quartets and chamber music concerts.
 He Currently he lives in New York.