Yoshiaki Horiguchi has been acclaimed by The Baltimore Sun for putting on a “dazzling display of dexterity and panache,” and featured by the Examiner in a “Must Watch Video.” Horiguchi is an active double bassist, pedagogue, and educator in the DC-Baltimore area. Although classically trained, his endeavors span across a broad spectrum of genres having performed with the National Philharmonic, Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, The Hungry Monks, Great Noise Ensemble, Classical Revolution, and more. Horiguchi is currently the double bassist in Trio Jinx, the genre-crossing, classical-core trio.
In addition to being an active performer, Horiguchi is an educator, pedagogue, and string specialist. He has served as the low-strings department chair for the Baltimore Symphony’s, El Sistema inspired, ORCHkids program, adjunct faculty at Carroll Community College, faculty for Bass Works, faculty for the Peabody Preparatory, and faculty for American Music System Camps. He has coached for Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, Maryland Classical Youth Orchestras, DC Youth Orchestras, East Coast El Sistema Seminarios, and more.
Horiguchi’s pedagogy research has been recognized by the International Society of Bassists and it focuses on the development, philosophy, and technical teaching points in the George Vance double bass method. Horiguchi is also certified in the Mark O’Connor string method and has studied the Suzuki string method under Christian Tremblay and Bai-Chi Chen from the Peabody Preparatory. His passion and drive for students to study pedagogically beneficial and engaging music pushed him to arrange works that are being performed throughout the United States.
Horiguchi graduated with honors as a Linehan Artist Scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in double bass performance and music education. During his time at UMBC, he also earned his teaching certificate and won the 2012 concerto competition. He then graduated as an Aegon USA scholar at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University for his master’s degree in double bass performance and pedagogy and he is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Peabody. Horiguchi proudly hails from the studios of Ed Malaga, Jeff Koczela, Laura Ruas, Paul DeNola, and Paul Johnson. In his free time, Horiguchi enjoys wearing primary colors, playing ultimate Frisbee, swing dancing, and expanding his sock collection.