Katsuya Yuasa, Clarinet


A charismatic and versatile clarinetist, KATSUYA YUASA has performed widely in the United States as a soloist and chamber musician. Presently, he is the Concert Artist of Mu Phi Epsilon (MPE), Professor of Clarinet at Florida A&M University, and a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree under the guidance of Jonathan Holden and Deborah Bish. He studied under Janet Averett for his Bachelor’s at San Jose State University and Michael Norsworthy for Master’s and Artist Diploma at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He is a founding member of Duo Esplanade (flute, clarinet) and Cosmos New Music (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano). He explores a wide repertoire of classical, jazz, ethnic, and contemporary music.

Katsuya holds prizes from over 10 notable competitions and awards; among them are the Dallas Clarinet Colloquium Young Artist Competition, ENKOR International Competition, San Diego Heritage Music Festival Director’s Award, Arthur W. Foote Award (finalist), and the MPE International Competition (first clarinetist to win). As a soloist, he has been featured with numerous ensembles. Recent performance includes Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie with the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra (Whittier, CA), premiere of Frank Proto’s Paganini in Metropolis with the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Big Bend Community Orchestra (Tallahassee, FL), and the Artie Shaw Concerto with the Parma Symphony Orchestra (Cleveland, OH). Upcoming solo performances include the premiere of Daniel Freiberg’s Latin American Chronicles with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and FinziClarinet Concerto with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta, GA).

Also an avid chamber musician, his Duo and Cosmos continually offer performances and master classes at several universities and institutions in southern regions. Their goal is to branch out to more communities with limited access to the arts and help encourage people with music. He has appeared on WFSU and WGBH radios, WTXL television, at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Florida Flute Association, National Flute Association, and the International Clarinet Association’s Festival. Outside of his studio, Katsuya recently taught at pianoSonoma, Summer in the City Music Camp, Marching 100 Summer Band Camp, and New York Summer Music Festival.

Katsuya became a Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 2014. He is a member of the International Clarinet Association, College Music Society, Chamber Music America, and Mu Phi Epsilon. For more information, visit: www.katsuyayuasa.com