Takashi Shimizu was born in Yokosuka and started playing the violin at the age of six. Three years later, he won the important "Japan Music Competition" and made his television debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
He first became the focus of public attention in his country at the age of 17 when, after winning three more prizes in national competitions, he won a scholarship to study under Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California. He also studied with Michèle Auclair and Yfrah Neaman.
Takashi Shimizu has been awarded many prizes at international violin competitions. His chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Yehudi Menuhin, Ivri Gitlis, Fou Ts'ong, Alexander Rudin, Mischa Maisky and Pavel Gililov.
He has made a number of recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, next to Bach's Solo Sonatas and Partitas, Ysaÿe's Solo Sonata and Prokofiev's Sonatas.
Takashi Shimizu is currently professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Takashi Shimizu will give violin master classes and will be a jury member of the International Young Talent Music Competition and the International Solo Violin Competition.
You can apply for a 6-day period (fulltime) or a 3-day period (halftime), which cost 600€ and 300€ respectively. The application fee is 50€.
Subscribers of the Master Classes may also subscribe to the Young Talent Music Competition. The application fee for the Music Competition is 100€.