Emigrated to the US intending to become a fiction writer. Graduated from UCLA majoring in ethnic arts.
Started "Kazu Matsui Project" in 1981 with whom he has release 5 albums. Has also released 7 solo albums and has built up a career by playing the traditional Japanese Bamboo Flute, which can be heard on several movie soundtracks such as Empire of the Sun and Shogun.
His wife Keiko Matsui has released several jazz fusion albums which Kazu has produced.