Department of Music
Katsuya Yuasa
Adjunct of Clarinet
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A charismatic and versatile clarinetist, Katsuya Yuasa has performed widely in the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician.  Born in Kobe, Japan, he is presently the Concert Artist of Mu Phi Epsilon (MPE), Professor of Clarinet at Florida AM 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 performance includes premiere of Daniel Freiberg's Latin American Chronicles with the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and Finzi Clarinet Concerto with the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta, GA).  He has taught master classes at collegiate establishments in the US and overseas, most recently at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Ithaca College, California State University at Northridge, Eastern Michigan University, Radford University, and Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar Universities Devlet Konservaturyari in Istanbul, Turkey.

Also an avid chamber musician, his Duo and Cosmos continually offer performances and master classes at several universities and institutions in southern regions.  His goal is to branch out to more community with limited access to the arts and help encourage people with music.  He has appeared on WFSU and WGBH radios, WTXL television, 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 piano at Sonoma, Summer in the City Music Camp, Marching 100 Summer Band Camp, New York Summer Music Festival, and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Consevatory in Istanbul, Turkey.

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 MPE.

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Tallahassee, Florida 32307

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