Mizuho - profile

Mizuho Yoshii-Smith



Can you tell us something about your instrument? The oboe is like a human voice that makes people feel inspired to communicate with others.

If you could play another instrument what would it be? I’d like to be a better piano player than I am now, or a singer.

The first piece of music you fell in love with: Chopin’s polonaise piano pieces.

What would you do if you weren’t a musician? I actually wanted to study medicine or economics, but now I think I would become an artist, I guess, like a photographer or a painter.

What makes a “perfect” concert? Deep positive energies from both the musicians’ and the audience’s sides.


Mizuho Yoshii has been the principal oboist of the MCO since 2001. Her musicianship and distinctive tone have been acclaimed by critics and have delighted audiences worldwide.

Mizuho has played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and many of the finest European orchestras have invited her to play as Guest Principal Oboist. She has worked closely with conductors Claudio Abbado, Gunter Wand, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Daniel Harding.

Mizuho has a flourishing career in Japan, both as a recitalist and as an ensemble player (with her group OBOE V FIVE). In 2013 she was selected as a leader in her field to represent the Future of Japan, by the Bungei Shunjyu newspaper group. Mizuho is a prolific and well-respected music journalist who writes a regular column for ‘Pipers’, and contributes articles to a variety of other Japanese music magazines. She is founder and producer of the Kamakura ReSonance Concert Series.