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After graduating from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Minoru Yoshizawa completed his studies at the Orff Institute in Salzburg as a DAAD scholarship student. On an Austrian government scholarship, he majored in recorder at The Mozarteum Academy of Music and Performance in Salzburg and graduated with a soloist diploma. He studied the flute under Helmut Zangaleat and Rene Le Roy, recorder under Felicitas Keldorfer and Walter Bergmann, and Early Music Performance and Musicology under Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Yoshizawa was flautist of the Mozarteum Orchestra and The Austrian Ensemble for New Music, and performed in Salzburg’s contemporary music festival ASPEKT, and took part in performances with Herbert von Karajan, and with Rudolf Nureyev.

After returning to Japan, he hosted the program The Recorder Sings on NHK (Japan's national broadcaster)’s education channel for 11 years, as well as Enjoy Hobbies on the same channel.

Yoshizawa is Guest Lecturer at the College of Music and Performance Arts in Vienna, and at the Mozarteum Academy of Music and Performance in Salzburg. He also holds a part-time teaching post at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and at Yokohama National University.

He has made numerous recordings for CDs, DVDs, movies, and TV commercials, and authored more than 50 books.

Yoshizawa regularly performs in Japan and overseas, and works in cooperation with overseas NGOs and JICA to provide independence support for children in need of relief. He also leads the ensemble ‘La Strada,’ which continues to premiere contemporary music. This seasoned musician has received the Art Incentive Award from Shizuoka Prefecture.

URL http://yoshizawaminoru.com
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