Yoshi Gurwell is a Ballet Pianist, Ballet Music Designer and Arranger based in Los Angeles. She has done a series of piano pieces, from well-known ballets, for Etoile Publishing in Tokyo Japan. She has also released a ballet class CD series, entitled Music for Ballet Lovers. Yoshi and her husband, Doug have published a piano music book together for the ballet classes, too.
Yoshi currently plays at the ABT Gillespie School with Artistic Director Alaine Haubert at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. Yoshi remains in an on-going position at The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, as well as Westside Ballet in Santa Monica, and has returned, by invitation of Artistic Director Tita Boulger, to Peninsula School of Performing Arts.
She can also be found playing at various special events, such as summer intensives for Joffrey West, RAD, SAB for young dancers at Maple Conservatory in Irvine, plus master classes with many former dancers and current dancers at Maple Conservatory, Corona Dance Academy, San Pedro City Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, LA Ballet, and more…
Yoshi has done master classes with ABT Artistic Director, Kevin McKenzie, dancers Gelsi Kirkland, Susan Jaffe. Melissa Hale Cole, Vladimir Malakhov, Ethan Stiefel, Misty Copeland, Paloma Herrera, and Melissa Bowman, as well as Alex Moskalenko, Alexander Grechenko, Gennadi and Larissa Saveliev from the Bolshoi Ballet, Yuri Fateyev, Acting Director of The Marlinsky Ballet, Yvonne Mounsey, Colleen Neary, Patricia Neary, Suki Shore, Darci Kesler, Katrina Killian from New York City Ballet, Russian National Ballet Foundation Artistic Director,Valery Lantratov, and Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West. She had the pleasure of working with world-renowned choreographer William Forsyth at USC Kaufman School of Dance.
Yoshi worked for many years as a ballet accompanist at major universities, including, UCI, CSULB, Chapman Univ., LMU, OCC and USC Kaufman School of Dance.
Yoshi continues to work creatively with her musician husband, Doug, designing, composing, recording, and producing music for the dance world.
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