10 September 1950
Hida, Gifu, Japan
24 October 2007 (aged 57)
Masakazu Yoshizawa (吉沢 政和 September 10, 1950 – October 24, 2007) was a Japanese American flautist and musician, known for his mastery of the bamboo flute, specifically the shakuhachi. Yoshizawa also mastered several other traditional Japanese flutes, in addition to other Japanese and Western musical instruments. He was also considered a scholar of ancient and modern Japanese traditional music. Yoshizawa's work and music were featured in a number of major Hollywood studio films and soundtracks, including The Joy Luck Club and Memoirs of a Geisha.
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