Mizuho Yoshii




Mizuho Yoshii-Smith’s musicianship and distinctive tone have delighted audiences worldwide and have been highly acclaimed by well-respected newspapers worldwide.

She has played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and many of the finest European orchestras have invited her to play as their Guest Principal Oboist. She has worked closely with the conductors Claudio Abbado, Gunter Wand, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Daniele Gatti. Mizuho has been principal oboist of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2001.

A highlight of her solo career has been Fischer’s oboe concerto at the Mozart Festwochen in Salzburg under the baton Reinhard Goebel, that generated very favourable reviews.


She has been invited as a masterclass professor at New York’s Manhattan School of Music, as well as in the UK, Spain, Germany, Columbia, Venezuela and Japan.

Mizuho has a flourishing career in Japan, both as a recitalist and as a prolific and well-respected music journalist. In 2013 she was one of those selected as leaders in their fields, to represent the Future of Japan, by the Bungei Shunjyu newspaper group. She produces a regular column for ‘Ongakuno-tomo’ and ‘Pipers’, as well as articles for the other Japanese music magazines.

Mizuho is founder and artistic director of the Kamakura ReSonance Concert Series which has been active since 2015, bringing high quality musicianship from all disciplines to a city rooted in history going back to 1192.

Rosendal Chamber Music Festival Performances
Friday 11th August - 14:30 - The Great Hall


Quintet in E-flat major K452. Martin Fröst, clarinet; Mizuho Yoshii, oboe; Audun Halvorsen, bassoon; José Vicente Castelló, french horn; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Satruday 12th August - 11:00 - The Great Hall


  • Oboe Quartet in F-major K370. Mizuho Yoshii, oboe; Elisabeth Kufferath, violin; Hanna Weinmeister, viola; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello
Sunday 13th August - 12:00 - The Great Hall


Entre temps (1986). Mizuho Yoshii, oboe; Opus 13