Masa Ishikawa’s music has been performed in multiple countries including China, Japan and Italy. As a composer, his work includes both jazz instrumental/vocal compositions, ranging from chamber (3 to 7-piece jazz combo) to large ensembles (17-piece jazz orchestra/studio jazz orchestra) His composition, Hotaru (firefly), was selected as the winner of 2014 Downbeat Student Music Awards in Graduate Original Composition for Small Ensemble.
As a native of Fukushima (Japan), Ishikawa premiered a multi-movement jazz big band work titled Suite for the Forgotten in 2015. The suite is dedicated to people who are currently living in Fukushima under the risk of exposure to radiation. Several of his compositions have been published from UNC Jazz Press.
As an active pianist, Ishikawa and his groups have performed at various jazz festivals/concerts in the United States. He was selected as one of the five finalists to compete for the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition.
Ishikawa received Mid-Career Artist Grant from Prairie Lake Regional Arts Council in 2018. With the support of this grant, Ishikawa is expected to release his first instrumental jazz album, titled Dialogue (both digitally and physically) in June 2019.
Ishikawa currently serves as a Visiting part-time Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota where he teaches Music Theory, Applied Jazz Piano as well as directing The Adolphus Jazz Ensemble and The Gustavus Vocal Jazz Ensemble.