His father was a Japanese Jazz pianist, Minoru Matsuya (1910-1995). He taught him how to play the piano since he was a child. He was brought up in an environment to learn both classical and jazz music since his childhood. Also, he learned harmony and composition under Roh Ogura (1916-1990) in Kamakura.
In 1973, he left to Germany to study at Universität der Künste Berlin. In 1975, he returned to Japan and engaged in concert, broadcasting and recording activities.
He was a professor in Nihon University, Music Department. He was a piano teacher of Hiroaki Zakoji (1958-1987).
Composer and vocalist, Fuyuta Matsuya and vocalist, Leo Matsuya are his sons.
He recorded his last CD, LIGHT COLORED ALBUM short time before his death.
Light Colored Album - Japanese Contemporary Pieces for Piano CD