Yasushi Toyoshima studied under Toshiya Eto and Angela Eto at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1986 as soon as he graduated from Toho Gakuen, Toyoshima was appointed principal concertmaster for the New Japan Philharmonic. He also served as the concertmaster for the Saito Kinen Orchestra, and others.
As soloist Toyoshima performed together with many Japanese and international orchestras including the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, and the London Mozart Orchestra. As a chamber performer, he formed the Halley String Quartet, which served the resident quartet of the Casals Hall until 2000. Currently he is a member of the Alti Quartet. Toyoshima also worked with some of the world's top artists including Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Martha Argerich, Pichas Zukerman, and Mischa Maisky.
He is serving as solo concertmaster of the New Japan Philharmonic, concertmaster of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, concertmaster laureate of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and as the music director of the Chamber Soloists Sasebo.
Toyoshima was the recipient of the Muramatsu Prize and the first Idemitsu Prize in 1991 and the Cultural and Education Ministry's New Artist of the Year Award in 1992. He also serves as assistant professor at Kyoto City University of Arts. Toyoshima plays a 1719 Antonio Stradivarius.

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