While studying at Toho Gakuen School of Music, Toyoshima began performing as a soloist on both the violin and viola, as well as performing chamber music and as a concertmaster.

 In 1986 he was appointed principal concertmaster for the New Japan Philharmonic immediately after graduation from the school. He also served as the concertmaster for the Saito Kinen Orchestra and earned the unwavering trust of many conductors and orchestras.

 He made his recital debut as a soloist at Suntory Hall in 1988, and after that has performed together with the many Japanese and international orchestras including the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bashmet & the Moscow Soloists, the London Mozart Orchestra.

 As a chamber performer, he brought together the Halley String Quartet, and until 2000 was also a member of the resident quartet of the Casals Hall. At present he is a member of Alti String Quartet. Also, he worked with some of the world’s top artists including Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Martha Argerich, Pichas Zukerman, Mischa Maisky and Richard Stoltzman.

 From 1997 he has served as solo concertmaster at both the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic. Currently, he serves as concertmaster of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, solo concertmaster of the New Japan Philharmonic, and concertmaster laureate of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.

 His recent CD “Tenderly” was released through Octavia Record in June 2007. He has released many CDs of chamber music in Japan and overseas and has received great reviews.

 Toyoshima was the recipient of the Muramatsu Prize and the first Idemitsu Prize in 1991 and the Cultural and Education Ministry's New Artist of the Year Award in 1992. He plays a 1719 Antonio Stradivarius.

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