Koh Kazama is a concert guitarist and educator who has performed throughout Japan and the United States. His diverse repertoire ranges from early music played on period instruments to contemporary music using electronic effects. Dr. Kazama has performed in renowned venues, festivals, and concert series, including Carnegie Hall, Long Island Guitar Festival, Symphony Space, Webster Hall, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, and WNYC New Sounds Live series. He has also premiered works by a wide range of prominent composers, including Michael White, David Lang, William Anderson, Paula Matthusen, and Kendall Williams
Dr. Kazama holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he was a scholarship student and teaching assistant of the guitar department. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma at Yale University. He received a full scholarship to attend Yale, and he was the recipient of the Eliot Fisk Prize, which was awarded to an outstanding guitarist whose artistic achievements and dedication have contributed greatly to the department. Dr. Kazama has previously taught as a guitar instructor at Yale University and Stony Brook University.