Yamaguchi Goro was head of Chikumeisha Shakuhachi Guild, professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Art & Music, and the youngest ever designated Living National Treasure. His soft, mellow tones speak with subdued power and inherent spirituality, and his interpretation of the classical Kinko style honkyoku and gaikyoku (ensemble) music has been highly acclaimed by all shakuhachi players.
In 1967, he began a guest lectureship at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). Since then he has made innumerable definitive recordings and performances leading to his appointment as lecturer in 1977 and professor in 1987 at the prestigious Tokyo University of Fine Arts & Music, and to his ascension to the status of Living National Treasure, Japan's highest award of artistic achievement. His performance of the classical masterpiece travels through space upon Voyager II, part of a message from Earth to other galaxies.
Yohmei Blasdel's Tribute to Yamaguchi Goro