Atsushi Yoshinaka

Visiting Scholar

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Research Interests

Atsushi Yoshinaka, born 1963 in Mie, Japan, is an Associate Professor of music education at college of
Education, Psychology and Human Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo, Japan) and a chairperson of the Creative Music Education Lab at Kenshin Early Education Research. Yoshinaka received degrees from Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo, Japan), Longy School of Music (MA. USA) and California Institute of the Arts (CA. USA). He studied with John McDonald, Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick and Fred Rzewski. Prof. Mel Powell said,
“Atsushi Pepe Yoshinaka is a Japanese Milhaud.”

As a composer, Yoshinaka has been a Musical Director of a modern dance company “The Performer’s Shop” since 1987. His composition and improvisational performances work with many types of dancers (include the dancers in wheelchair) all over Japan.Also his music has been released on the compact disc “don’t panic ! 60 seconds for piano” Guy Livingston, piano (WERGO a division of SCHOTT MUSIC & MEDIA, Germany).
Also his music was selected for presentation at the Extensible Toy Piano Festival based upon the results of the XTP composition competition.

Yoshinaka’s works had performed in many countries such as South Africa, Holland, Israel, Germany and U.S…etc. .

Read more about Yoshinaka’s upcoming performance, The Hina Dolls Festival “Hina Asobi” on March 3, 2013