David Wheeler (Kansuke II) lived in Japan for twenty years studying and performing
the shakuhachi with some of Japan's finest traditional masters and ensembles, beginning
study in Tokyo in 1977 with renowned shakuhachi master Junsuke Kawase III. He received
his MA in musicology from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in 1985, and
has benefited from studying and playing with the majority of the great shakuhachi
masters of the latter half of the 20th century, including late living national treasure
Goro Yamaguchi, living national treasure Reibo Aoki II, Katsuya Yokoyama and Kodo
Araki V as well as Kawase.