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Yosuke Kawasaki currently serves as Concertmaster of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. He is also a member and co-Concertmaster of the Mito Chamber Orchestra and Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan both under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. Prior to his position in Ottawa, he served as Concertmaster of the Japan Century Orchestra and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kawasaki is currently on faculty with the University of Ottawa School of Music, Affinis Summer Music Festival and Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy.
Mr. Kawasaki has made solo appearances with Aspen Chamber Symphony, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Idaho State-Civic Orchestra, Japan Century Orchestra, Kyushu Philharmonic, Mito Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Lima, Saito Kinen Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Thirteen Strings, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and Singapore National Youth Symphony.
As a chamber musician Mr. Kawasaki is a founding member of the D’Amici String Quartet along with Federico Agostini, Sadao Harada, and James Creitz as well as Trio+ with Vadim Serebryany and Wolfram Koessel. The two ensembles have toured extensively within North and South America, Europe and Japan. He is also a founding member of Arkas String Quartet, a resident ensemble in Sasebo, Japan.
His most recent recordings include chamber works by Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann on the TDK Core Label and Denon Label. He has also recorded Bach’s Double Concerto and the Complete Brandenburg Concertos with Walter van Hauwe and the Saito Kinen Chamber Players, both on the King Label.
Mr. Kawasaki began his violin studies at the age of six with his father Masao Kawasaki and continued with Setsu Goto. At the age of ten he was accepted into The Juilliard School Pre-College Division and further continued his education and graduated from The Juilliard School in 1998 under the tutorship of Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Felix Galimir and Joel Smirnoff.