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First Name: Yoshiyuki
Last Name: Ishikawa
Bio: Ishikawa is a native-born Japanese and a son of a Japanese business executive. He moved with his family to Chicago from Japan at the age of eleven. As a child, he was exposed to traditional Japanese music by his grand-mother, who was a professional shamisen player, and to "classical" western music by his father, a dilettante and an avid collector of "classical" LPs. Ishikawa's formal training in music began in the Chicago public school system. He attended the only all-boy public high school in Chicago, Lane Technical High School (total student population of 5500). Lane Tech remained an all-boy high school until 1970 and was reputed for its fine music program and high academic standards. While at Lane, Ishikawa was introduced to the bassoon in his sophomore year by his band director, Robert Stind, who encouraged him to switch to the bassoon from the clarinet. Upon graduation from Lane Tech, Northwestern University awarded Ishikawa a full scholarship in music. At Northwestern, he studied with the late Wilbur Simpson, the former second bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While attending Northwestern University, Ishikawa performed with numerous organizations, including the Civic Orchestra, the Elgin Orchestra and the Chicago Opera Studio. Ishikawa received both BME (1975) and MM (1976) degrees in bassoon from Northwestern University. He also met his wife of 21 years, Brenda, a pianist and his accompanist, at Northwestern. Immediately upon graduation from Northwestern, Ishikawa was accepted to pursue a termi-nal degree in music performance, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA), at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, Ishikawa studied with L. Hugh Cooper, who remains as Ishikawa's most influential teacher and mentor. In addition to Wilbur Simpson and L. Hugh Cooper, Ishikawa also studied bassoon with Bernard Garfield, Norman Herzberg, Allen Goodman and Donald Christlieb. Ishikawa completed his DMA in 1978, and that same year he accepted a teaching position at the University of Nevada. During his tenure at the University of Nevada from 1978 through 1991, Ishikawa became active with the International Double Reed Society and in 1987, he hosted the 16th Annual IDRS Conference. In 1990, the Society elected Ishikawa to serve as the IDRS Secretary and he remained in this position for two consecutive terms from 1990 through 1994. In 1994, the Society elected him as the President and he remained in this position for two consecutive terms from 1994 through 1997. In 1995, Ishikawa established the world-wide web site for IDRS (IDRS WWW), and since its inception, he has served as the IDRS WWW webmaster and the Editor of IDRS OnLine Publications. Ishikawa is also active as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue and has performed and presented master classes in New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and throughout the United States. He has been a recipient of grants and awards for touring, commissioning, and recording from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Western States Arts Foundation, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Also, he has served as a judge for various competitions, including the 12th Japan Wind and Percussion Performance Competition in 1996. Ishikawa founded the Sierra Wind Quintet in 1983 and served as its bassoonist and artistic director until 1991. Currently, he is the Professor of Music (bassoon) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a position he has held since 1991. Ishikawa is a member of the Mahler Festival Orchestra and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival. Ishikawa has recorded on the Cambria label, and most recently he produced and edited for Crystal records the IDRS 25th Anniversary CD.
Source: Double Reed 21/1 (1998)