Music Director – United Youth Orchestra
Yoshi is foundation music director of the United Youth Orchestra. Originally from Kobe, Japan, Yoshi studied brass performance, especially French horn, and spent 10 years with a civic wind orchestra in Tokyo training as a conductor.
Arriving in New Zealand in 1990, Yoshi was music director of the Waikato Schools Orchestra and then Waikato Youth Orchestra from 1995 to 2002. He was selected for conductors’ masterclasses under Nicholas Braithwaite and Miguel Harth-Bedoya in 1999 and 2000. Yoshi is a guest conductor of Bay of Plenty Symphonia, and led them for a concert in November 2005. He was given a Civic Award (Hamilton) in 2003 in recognition of his substantial contributions to youth music. Yoshi also contributed to the Japanese Garden, Hamilton Gardens.