Samuelson began his studies of Kinko school shakuhachi music in
1969 as a graduate student at Wesleyan University under the guidance
of Araki Kodo V, and later continued shakuhachi studies with Yamato
He first traveled to Japan in 1971 to become a student of Yamaguchi
Goro, and he has been studying the traditional repertoire and playing
style of the Kinko school with Yamaguchi Goro since that time. He
began actively teaching and performing in the United States in 1978.
Mr. Samuelson has performed traditional and contemporary shakuhachi
music at numerous concerts in North America, Asia, and Europe. He
has been presented in radio and television broadcasts in Japan and
the United States and has recorded for several international record
labels. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and music
schools and teaches the shakuhachi in New York, where he is also
director of the Asian Cultural Council, a foundation supporting
U.S.-Asia cultural exchange.