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DANIEL MATSUKAWA has been principal bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2000. Born in Argentina to Japanese parents, he moved with his family to New York City at age three and began studying the bassoon at age 13. He was a scholarship student of the pre-college division of both the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Harold Goltzer and Alan Futterman. Matsukawa went on to study at Juilliard for two years before attending the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was a pupil of Bernard Garfield.
Matsukawa has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a solo concerto debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of 18. He was also featured in a Young Artist's Showcase on New York's WQXR classical radio station. Since then he has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York String Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, the Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonic, and the Sapporo (Japan) Symphony.
Matsukawa is an active chamber musician and has performed and toured with the Marlboro Festival. He also performs and teaches regularly at the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute, and he has been invited by Seiji Ozawa to participate regularly with the Saito Kinen Orchestra.
Prior to his post with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Matsukawa served as principal bassoon with the National, Saint Louis, Virginia, and Memphis symphonies. In 1998 he performed and recorded Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 as acting principal bassoon with the New York Philharmonic. Matsukawa is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute and Temple University.