Bartók World Competition

Takashi Shimizu (J)

Takashi Shimizu began learning the violin at the age of six and barely four years later, having won a youth competition, he debuted with the NKH Symphony Orchestra. He came into close contact with the Russian school of violin through Yuri Yankelevich, while he pursued higher education studies at the University of Southern California under Jascha Heifetz. He refined his chamber music skills in London with Yfrah Neaman, who introduced him to such musical giants as Yehudi Menuhin and Nathan Milstein. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia and the United States as winner of countless international competitions. Takashi Shimizu teaches at the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Toho School of Music. He has held master classes in 12 countries and been a jury member at 15 international competitions.