native of Kyoto, Genzan Miyoshi began studying the Tozan method
of shakuhachi at the age of12 under the private instruction of Tomii
Shunzan. In 1971 he achieved the rank of dai-shihan, or grandmaster,
and in 1983 he earned the title of chikurinken, the highest possible
level in the world of shakuhachi. He has given concerts at Toshodaiji
temple and at Yasaka shrine, a privilege reserved for only a few
extraordinarily talented players.
He served as a cultural envoy for the International Community Foundation,
visiting the United States, China, Morocco, and other countries.
Moreover, he has received invitations to play in Germany, France,
Spain, America, Canada, and Australia, where he performed to widespread
acclaim. Not limited to traditional Japanese music, Miyoshi also
plays a broad repertoire of classical, jazz, rock, and mixed genres,
thus expanding the scope of his instrument. Genzan Miyoshi has recorded
for a number of labels, including RCA, Apollon, and GMC.