Masa Ishikawa


Originally from Fukushima Japan, Masayoshi Ishikawa grew up in a city called Aizu Wakamatsu. Throughout his primary and secondary school years, Ishikawa actively participated in several choirs. He came to the United States in 2003 to begin his formal musical training in Seattle Washington, where he first found his passion for piano and the art of jazz.

As a pianist, he has performed at many jazz festivals/concerts including Italy, China and the United States as well as engaged in multiple professional recording sessions. Ishikawa enjoys interacting with other musicians and am thankful for cultivating meaningful relationships through performing music.

As equal to his dedication to jazz performance, Ishikawa also enjoys crafting music with various instrumentations. His composition, Hotaru (firefly), was selected as the winner of 2014 Downbeat Student Music Awards in Graduate Original Composition for Small Ensemble.

As a sincere respect to Stevie Wonder, one of his musical heroes, Ishikawa premiered Stevie Wonder Recomposition Project in 2013. In this project, Ishikawa selected multiple Wonder compositions to recompose for chamber jazz ensembles with various instrumentations.

Ishikawa also wrote and premiered a multi-movement work titled Suite for the Forgotten in 2015. The suite is dedicated to people who are currently living in Fukushima under the risk of exposure to radiation. In this composition, Ishikawa employed a string quartet as well as French horn into the traditional jazz big band instrumentation. Several of his compositions have been published from UNC Jazz Press.



M.M University of Northern Colorado, M.M University of South Florida, D.M.A University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Courses Taught

MUS-160 (Adolphus Jazz Ensemble), MUS-161 (Gustavus Jazz Ensemble), MUS-189 (Jazz Combo-Vocal), MUS-247 (Jazz Piano), and MUS-347 (Jazz Piano)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-347 Jazz Piano 9 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, and 2017/SP
MUS-247 Jazz Piano 7 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, and 2017/SP
MUS-189 Jazz Combo 6 2019/SP, 2018/FA, and 2018/SP
MUS-103 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 4 2018/FA and 2016/FA
MUS-246 Piano 4 2016/FA
MUS-346 Piano 4 2016/FA
MUS-160 Adolphus Jazz Ensemble 3 2019/SP and 2018/FA
MUS-144 St:piano Class 2 2018/SP and 2017/FA
MUS-104 Aural and Keyboard Skills II 2 2017/SP
MUS-111 Music Theory I 1 2018/FA
MUS-212 Music Theory IV 1 2017/SP
MUS-211 Music Theory III 1 2016/FA