- MA: Jazz performance, The City College of New York
- Professional Diploma: Performance and Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
- Yuichi has been teaching drums, guitar, bass guitar, piano, and music theory for 25 years, both in private lessons and in small classes for all ages and levels. He helped many students get accepted for performing positions in the music programs at their schools. He also enjoys teaching adults to enhance their passion towards music playing. Spending decades in Japan and the U.S., he teaches comfortably in both English and Japanese.
Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, Yuichi started playing drums in his high school days. He joined a wind ensemble, a jazz big band and several rock bands. He was featured on percussion and composition in the production of Othello at The Globe Tokyo Panasonic Theater in 1991.
After graduating university in Tokyo, he moved to Boston, MA to further develop his musicianship. At Berklee College of Music as a student with full scholarship, he received the Cuccinello Percussion Award and Berklee Percussion Department Achievement Award.
He moved to New York from Boston and while pursuing a master degree at The City College of New York, he played drums in Gershwin Song Revue concert at Aaron Davis Hall featuring the City College Jazz Ensemble.
Yuichi is currently based in the New York City metro area and he plays/has played at Blue Note, Birdland, Tomi Jazz, Arthur’s Tavern to name a few.
John Scofield, Ron Carter, John Abercrombie, Percy Heath, and Barry Harris are among many established jazz musicians that Yuichi has performed with. He also played at Kingston Jazz Improv. Jazz festival, NY and April Jazz Festival in Finland.