Mitchell Yoshida: Composer
Mitchell Yoshida is a composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Santa Barbara, California. A classically trained pianist and trombonist, Mitchell began his studies in theory and composition from an early age at the Music and Arts Conservatory of Santa Barbara, and studied recording science and production with Jim Mooy at the Santa Barbara City College. He attended the University of Southern California as a Dean's Scholar and graduated magna cum laude as a Renaissance Scholar, receiving a B.M. in Performance from the USC Thornton School of Music and a B.A. in Philosophy from the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. While at USC, Mitchell studied composition and improvisation with Alan Pasqua, Russell Ferrante, and Shelly Berg.
After graduating from USC, Mitchell was hired as keyboardist for platinum recording artist Jesse McCartney, where he performed on two US tours, an Australia/New Zealand tour, and on the European leg of the Backstreet Boys' Never Gone tour. During this time he made appearances on the Jay Leno Show, Good Morning America, and the Ellen Degeneres Show.
After touring, Mitchell moved to Brooklyn, where he has been living since. He is extremely active in the arts and music community, where he plays, directs, and composes for a wide variety of performances and projects. Mitchell performs as an instrumentalist with musical ensembles The Cangelosi Cards, The People's Champs, Sly Blue, Baby Soda Jazz Band, Rubblebucket Orchestra, The Superpowers, and La La Brooks of Phil Spectors The Crystals. Film, production, and theater groups that Mitchell regularly collaborates with as a composer and/or music director include The House of Yes, Meerkat Media, Fools on Fire, Lady Circus, the Modern Gypsies, and MadIris Productions.
Mitchell has been a composer at Audiobrain since 2008.