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Michael Matsuno is a San Diego based flutist dedicated to performing contemporary repertoire and the music of our time. As a member of the What’s Next? Ensemble, he has championed the voices of many talented West Coast composers alongside standard works of the 20th century. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician with UCSD Palimpsest Ensemble, Claire Chase and members of ICE, USC Contemporary Music Ensemble, WildUp, Monday Evening Concerts and Jacaranda New Music series. Michael was also a flute fellow with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

An avid orchestra musician, Michael currently plays with La Jolla Symphony under Steven Schick. He has held the Principal Flute and Piccolo positions with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, and has attended the Round Top Festival Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School for orchestral studies.

Michael is a doctor of musical arts candidate at UCSD, where he received an MA in performance. He earned a BM from the USC Thornton School of Music. His primary teachers have been John Fonville (UCSD), James Walker (USC, former LA Phil), and Nadine Asin (Aspen, former Met Opera).