Yuzuru received his MM in composition from the Manhattan School of Music and a BM in composition from Berklee College of Music. His composition teachers include Elias Tanenbaum and James Russell Smith. Mr. Sadashige has received the Brian M. Israel Award from the Society for New Music (1996), honorable mentions from Vienna Modern Masters (1993) and Percussive Arts Society (1992). His score for an independent film "ANA: Portrait in Days" (1995, directed by Liselle Mei) won the New York University 54th Annual First Run Festival's award for best original film score. His works have been featured by ensembles and concert series such as NewEar, Synchronia, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Stormking Music Festival, The New York Clarinet Quartet, the ONIX New Music Ensemble of Mexico City, Nota Bene Ensemble of Queens College, Timetable, Music Under Construction. Mr. Sadashige was a composer-in-residence for the American Chamber Music Festival at Edsvik, Sweden in the summer of 1999. In 2000 and 2001 he was invited to participate in the Stormking Music Festival. He also plays electric bass and writes songs for an alternative rock band Changing Modes. See the website: http://www.changingmodes.com.