Violist and native of Japan, Ken came to the States after three and a half years with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa. He attended Kunitachi Music College, in Tokyo and Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, where he received his master's and bachelor's of music. Ken was a member of the Grant Park Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic (Acting Assistant Principal Violist) before joining the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in 1987. He also played with Milwaukee Symphony and Chicago Symphony until 1986 as a regular substitute violist.
Ken loves to play chamber music and is a founding member of the High Street Four String Quartet and Canaletto Ensemble (eclectic ensemble) which plays regularly in central Ohio.
He has taught viola at Calvin College, Denison University, Ohio University, and Ohio State University. Currently he is an adjunct instructor at Capital University. Ken was on the faculty at Cshey Summer School of Music for 8 years. Since 2003, he teaches in the MasterWorks Festival during the summer.
His teachers include Nobuko Imai, Jerry Horner, Bernard Zaslav, and Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Vermeer Quartet. Ken plays a viola made by Tetsuo Matsuda of Barrington, IL.
Recently, Ken created a device called Masterit (trade mark) which enables anybody of any age improve on any instrument (or any subject in school for that matter.)
He enjoys conducting the Japanese Women's Chorus for the 21st year. As a freelance Japanese interpreter/translator, Ken has met many interesting people. His massage skills are appreciated by many soloists and conductors in the past.
Ken and his wife, Tanya, pianist, live with a cat named Hime (means princess in Japanese) and they have two grown up daughters. He likes sushi, table tennis and Whole30 cooking.