As a licensed teacher and active performer of the shakuhachi, Mr. Casano has performed on the documentary soundtrack, Aloha Akebono (KHON TV) and has given performances or guest lectures at the Japanese Consulate, Bishop Museum, Honolulu Academy of Arts, University of Hawaii at Manoa, East-West Center, Hawaii Theater, Chaminade University, and Kapiolani Community College. He has also performed in Osaka and Bisei Japan, Albany, New York, Chicago Illinois and is a frequent presentor at the Japanese Studies Association's Freeman Foundation Summer Institute. A recipient of the prestigious Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship (Monbushou), Mr. Casano conducted extensive research on the modern history of the shakuhachi tradition at Osaka University and under the guidance of Tsukitani Tsuneko and the Osaka-based shakuhachi kenkyuukai. Mr. Casano has been published in the international journal, "The World of Music" and has served on the faculty of the Hawaii Shakuhachi Festival 2006 and the Kauai Shakuhachi Festival 2014. His teachers include Robert Herr and Riley Lee in Hawaii (Chikuho-Ryuu Hawaii) and Ishikawa Toshimitsu and Yokoyama Katsuya in Japan (Doukokyu). In 2000, Mr. Casano received his Jun Shihan license from Yokoyama Katsuya and in January 2016, received his Shihan license from Grandmaster Riley Lee. In 2015, he released his debut CD, "The Voice of Bamboo, " which is available from CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stevencasano). |
Mr. Casano is on the piano faculty of the Punahou Music School has been a lecturer in Music Theory and Piano Pedagogy at the music department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Mr. Casano is a nationally certified teacher of music in piano through the Music Teachers National Association and has served on the executive boards of the Hawaii Music Teachers Association and the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association. He is also a certified teacher through the Royal Conservatory Music in both piano and music theory. His principle teachers of piano were Lisa Kim, Morton Estrin, Rose Tanner, Dolores Johnson (piano pedagogy), and Frank Iogha. He has also had special coaching sessions with David Breitman, Igor Kipnis, Eugenia Tsarov, Gregory Partain, Sanford Margolis, and Martin Canin.