Miyazaki, Katsuyuki


  • From Kyoto, Japan.
  • Most people call him “Katsu.”
  • One of Japan’s top mandolin players. Has won many awards in Japan for his playing, including Moonshiner magazine’s Mandolin Player of the Year award (1988).
  • 1985, formed a group in Japan called Birdland.
  • 1988-1989, hosted a bluegrass radio show in Kyoto.
  • 1991 and 1996, placed third at the U.S. National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas.
  • 1997, released Man-O-Mandolin album (Grave) and toured with a band including Ronnie McCoury, Rickie Simpkins, Richard Bailey and Gene Libbea.