Mr. John Kurokawa is the Principal Clarinetist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions with both ensembles, performing the works of Mozart, John Williams, Gerald Finzi, and John Adams. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kurokawa has presented clinics and masterclasses at universities and schools throughout the midwest. He is the Instructor of Clarinet at Wright State University where he teaches applied clarinet, chamber music, and classes in music technology and music appreciation.
In addition to his orchestral and teaching duties, Mr. Kurokawa has an enthusiastic passion for chamber music. He performs in the Wright State University Faculty Wind Quintet, the Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet, and the award winning Prestige Clarinet Quartet, which has been a featured ensemble at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest.
Mr. Kurokawa holds the B.M. in woodwind performance (specializing in clarinet, flute, and saxophone) from Bowling Green State University and the M.M. in clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Angelo Fortini, Edward Marks, and Ronald deKant.