KATSUYA 'KATS' SEZAKI
Katsuya “Kats” Sezaki won a National Orchestra Award as a percussionist and graduated from Hiwassee College in 2004 with an award for Outstanding Choral Member. Turning his focus to music, he went on to receive his Bachelor Degree in Music from Musicians Institute in 2008. His musical strengths include percussion, harmony and theory, ear training, composition, music transcription, arranging and producing.
As a freelance music transcriber and copyist, he has transcribed the award-winning Musical “American Heartbeat” written and composed by Martha Velez (Bob Marley, Eric Clapton). He also has transcribed the award-winning musical drama “Temple of the Souls” songs composed by (platinum selling songwriting team) Dean Landon and Anika Paris. As a producer and arranger, Kats has been producing and arranging for artists from all over the world and distributing songs for TV shows and commercials.
In 2013, he was a part of the project for Faye Wong (China) and produced a debut EP with Yaojia Jiang, who was a runner-up for the televised audition show “The Song” in China. He also had opportunities to co-produced with Grammy winner Dave Isaac (Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock) and Sam Vahdat (G.E.M). Kats has been an instructor for Vocal Program at Musicians Institute Hollywood and was the recipient of MI’s Instructor of the Year Award voted by students In 2009 and 2015.
At MI, he can be found teaching Digital Notation and Arranging, Apple Logic, Computer Notation, Sight-Singing, Music Theory, Ear Training, Artist Development and private lessons.