Described by the press as ‘a remarkable cellist... one of the finest cellists of his generation’(Chopin music magazine), cellist YOSHIKA MASUDA has performed throughout Australia, Japan, China, Mexico, USA, the UK and much of western Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. He is the winner of national competitions in Australia, Japan and the US, and was also awarded the prestigious YAMAHA Music Foundation String Award.
A keen advocate of contemporary music, Yoshika has given the US & world premieres of works by Toshio Hosokawa, Derrick Spiva Jr., Bent Sørensen, Nick Strimple and Jörg Widmann. Chamber music forms the core of his musical endeavours, and has performed with Peter Frankl, Bruno Giuranna, Gilbert Kalish, Alissa Margulis, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein and Qian Zhou, and is also the co-founder of the SAKURA cello quintet. In past years, Yoshika was invited to perform at the festivals of Aldeburgh and Leicester in the UK, Festival Amfiteatrof in Italy, Kirishima Music Festival in Japan, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music Mountain Chamber Festival, and Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in the USA.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Yoshika first started playing the cello at the age of five but moved to Australia as a young child where he began his studies with Georg Pedersen at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He then studied extensively with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum, whilst also receiving close musical guidance from Thomas Demenga and David Geringas. Yoshika graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK with distinction and received the Principal’s Prize along with the Leonard Rose Cello Award for outstanding achievement. He gained his Doctorate from the USC Thornton School of Music. Yoshika is currently the Assistant Professor of Cello and Director of String Studies at California Lutheran University in Los Angeles.