After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the Toho College of Music, Yonashiro Kei remained for his Master’s studies, switching his major to singing. He has since established a reputation as a leading baritone in Japan. A graduate of the New National Theatre Opera Studio, he has studied in Milan under government sponsorship and has won numerous awards including the third prize at the Mario del Monaco International Vocal Competition and the first prize at the Sogakudo Japanese Song Competition. He has performed the principal baritone roles in Cosi fan tutte and Orfeo for the Hokutopia International Music Festival, in Carmen for the Seiji Ozawa Music Camp, and in Eugene Onegin and L’Elisir d’Amore for the New National Theatre, Tokyo Opera. He is a regular soloist with major orchestras in Japan.