‘Takashi SHIMIZU’



Takashi SHIMIZU  Violin

Takashi Shimizu was born in Yokosuka. Having started playing the violin at the age of 6, he won a All Japan Student violin competition just 3 years later.

That same year he made his television debut, playing with the NHK Symphony Orchestra for the wedding celebration of H.I.M.Prince Hitachi.

He first became the focus of public attention in his country at the age of 17 when, after winning 3 prizes in national competitions, the year culminated in his winning a scholarship to study under Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California.

He also studied with Michèle Auclair and Yfrah Neaman. After winning many top prizes in the international violin competitions such as Jacques Thibaud, Carl Flesch(where he also won the Beethoven Sonata prize) , Granada, and the Queen Elisabeth,

He played  chamber music  with Argerich, Menuhin, Fou Ts’ong, Gitlis,

Gililov,Rudin , and Maisky etc.

He played a piano trio with Martha Argerich and Misha Misky . Last winter season he was asked orchestra’s concerts in Japan, Romania, Ukraine , , Korea and Italy.

He has made number of recordings, notably of Brahms,Saint-Saens and Wieniawsky Concertos with The London Symphony Orchestra, also complete Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas, Paganini 24Caplices, Prokofief 2 violin sonatas,Ysaye Solo Sonatas etc. He is a member of faculty at The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.