2024 North Dakota All-State Orchestra Director: Nobuyoshi Yasuda
Nobuyoshi Yasuda was appointed as Orchestra Director at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1991, Music Director of the Chippewa Valley Symphony in 1993. He guest conducted the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Yasuda made his international conducting debut in Germany with Das Philharmonie Orchester des NDR-Hannover in May, 2003. And in March 2004, he made his Japanese debut with the Osaka Philharmonic.
He has served as Acting Assistant Conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra and was Associate Conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival. His performance of Milhaud’s Création du monde at the festival was broadcast on National Public Radio, Performance Today in July 2001. Mr. Yasuda’s contagious enthusiasm and dedication to education has made him an icon of music in Eau Claire and surrounding communities.
He leads master classes and guest conducts at middle and high school orchestra and bands, as well as serves as a speaker at inspirational “career days’ for young adults throughout the upper Midwest. His reputation as an inspiring teacher and a conductor has led him to be invited as a conductor of the Wisconsin High School State Honors Orchestra, the Illinois All State High School Orchestra, the Minnesota Middle Level State Honors Orchestra, the North Dakota All State High School Orchestra, and the Alaska All State High School Orchestra.
A native of Takarazuka, Japan, Nobuyoshi Yasuda’s musical studies began on the violin at the age of three. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Soai University in Japan and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.