He learned piano under renowned Russian pianist, Leo Sirota (1885-1965). After World War II, he started playing jazz music in an American base and taught many Japanese jazz vocalists. He was a close friend of Ichiro Fujiyama (1911-1993). He enjoyed performing some works by George Gershwin (1896-1937). He was also a good friend of Roh Ogura (1916-1990) and made the first performance of Roh Ogura's work, Sonatine for piano (1937). He was the father of Midori Matsuya (1943-1994).