Masa Ishikawa


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

As a pianist, Masa has performed at many jazz festivals and concerts in Italy, China, Japan and the United States. He was chosen toperform as one of the five finalists for 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Masa enjoys interacting and cultivating meaningfulrelationships with listeners and other musicians through performing music.

Masa is also passionate about crafting music with various instrumentations. His composition, Hotaru (firefly), was selected asthe winner of 2014 Downbeat Student Music Awards in Graduate Original Composition for Small Ensemble. In 2019, Masa released hisfirst jazz studio album titled Dialogue, which consists of ten original compositions written for vibraphone, piano/keyboards, acousticbass/electric bass and drums. Several of his compositions have been published from UNC Jazz Press.

In March 2021, Masa collaborated with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa (taiko drums/shinobue) on his new composition Haseru to commemorate the 10thyear of Japan’s 2011 tsunami and earthquake tragedy. In May 2015, he also premiered a jazz orchestra multi-movement worktitled Suite for the Forgotten. The suite is dedicated to people who are currently living in Fukushima under the uncertain health impactof the radiation exposure from The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants meltdown in 2011. In this composition, Masa employed a stringquartet as well as French horn into the traditional jazz big band instrumentation.



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

Courses Taught

MUS-103 (Aural and Keyboard Skills I), MUS-160 (Adolphus Jazz Ensemble), MUS-189 (Jazz Combo - Vocal), MUS-247 (Jazz Piano), MUS-347 (Jazz Piano), and MUS-396 (Honors in Composition)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-189 Jazz Combo - Instrumental 20 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, and 2018/SP
MUS-347 Jazz Piano 15 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, and 2017/SP
MUS-160 Adolphus Jazz Ensemble 11 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/SP, and 2018/FA
MUS-247 Jazz Piano 11 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, and 2017/SP
MUS-161 Gustavus Jazz Ensemble 4 2021/FA and 2020/FA
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-120 Piano Class 2 2022/SP and 2021/FA
MUS-144 St:piano Class 2 2018/SP and 2017/FA
MUS-104 Aural and Keyboard Skills II 2 2017/SP
MUS-117 Improvisation 1 2022/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