David Jobst began playing shakuhachi in 1993. He first studied with shakuhachi maker David Brown in Melbourne before moving to the Blue Mountains near Sydney to study with Grand Master Riley Lee. In 2009 he commenced studying at The University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the guidance of Grand Master Riley Lee. Completing his Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance), David passed with Distinction and received a Henderson Scholarship. He then travelled to Japan and studied intensively for six months with Kaoru Kakizakai Sensei. After arriving back in Australia David returned to study at The University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and completed his Master of Music Studies (Performance) Degree, graduating with Distinction.
David has performed at many festivals and corporate events such as The International Music Festival in Fiji, The Cygnet Folk Festival and the NSW Premier’s Asian Business Dinner.
Though David has performed with various ensembles (both Japanese and Western), his true passion is for the solo Dokyoku repertoire of the Watazumi/Yokoyama lineage.
Website – www.davidjobst.net