Biography
TOSHIYUKI SHIMADA, a conductor in much demand because of his
experience and of vital service to his community where he conducts, is
Music Director of both Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in
Connecticut and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes in New
York, as well as Music Director of Yale Symphony Orchestra of Yale
University.  Since 1998, he has also served as Principal Conductor of
the Vienna Modern Masters record label in Austria.  He is also Music
Director Laureate of Portland Symphony Orchestra, in Portland,
Maine, for which he served as Music Director from 1986 to 2006.
Prior to his Portland engagement, he was Associate Conductor of the
Houston Symphony for six years, beginning in 1981.

This season, he will continue to be active with his three orchestras and
teaching duty at Yale University, as well as guest conducting
engagements, including Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara,
Turkey, Izmier State Orchestra in Izmir, Turkey, and Knoxville
Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee. He will also conduct Greek-
Turkish Youth Orchestra in Izmir.

Maestro Shimada has been a frequent guest conductor with a number
of international orchestras, including the Lithuanian State Symphony
Orchestra in Vilnius; La Orquesta Filharmónica de Jalisco, Guadalajara,
Mexico; the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Karlovy Vařy
(Karlsbad) Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the
Slovak Philharmonic, NÖ Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna, L’
Orchestre National de Lille in France, and the Royal Scottish National
Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also guest conducted the
Houston Symphony, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua
Symphony Orchestra, San José Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops
Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra, and many other US and Canadian orchestras. In May and
June, 2010, the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Shimada made
a highly successful tour in the Republic of Turkey, performing in
Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, with a hundreds of media coverage,
including CNN and Turkish National Television.  In 2008, YSO toured
in Italy performing in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan. Also, this
past spring he has was invited to conduct the United States Coast
Guard Band, following another guest conductor, Leonard Slatkin.

In addition to these activities, he has held the position of Artistic
Adviser of the Tulare County Symphony Orchestra in California, of
which he served from 2007 to 2009. Music Director of the Nassau
Symphony Orchestra in New York, Music Director of the Cambiata
Soloists, a contemporary music ensemble in Houston, Music Director
of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra at Rice University, and
Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in
Los Angeles.

He has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman,
Andre Watts, Peter Serkin, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Idil Biret,
Peter Frankl, Janos Starker, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Nadjia Salerno-
Sonnenberg, Cho-Liang Lin, Sir James Galway, Evelyn Glennie, Barry
Tuckwell, and Doc Severinsen.

Maestro Shimada has had the good fortune to study with many
distinguished conductors of the past and the present, including Leonard
Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Herbert Blomstedt, Hans Swarovsky,
and Michael Tilson Thomas.  He was a finalist in the 1979 Herbert von
Karajan conducting competition in Berlin,and a Fellow Conductor in
the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, in 1983.   In addition, he was
named Ariel Musician of the Year in 2003 by Ariel Records, and
received the ASCAP award in 1989.  He has graduated from California
State University, Northridge, studying with David Whitwell and
Lawrence Christianson, and attended University of Music and
Dramatic Arts in Vienna, Austria.  

He has consistently become an integral and beloved member of every
community he joins, receiving the Portland Fire Department's Merit
Award, the Maine Publicity Bureau Cultural Award, and the Italian
Heritage Society Cultural Award, and having a number of days named
in his honor: Toshiyuki Shimada Day in Houston, TX, Toshiyuki
Shimada Week in Portland, Maine, and Toshiyuki Shimada Day in the
State of Maine. In May 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate
Degree in Fine Arts by Maine College of Arts. At Yale University, he
has been selected as the Fellow of Davenport College and a member of
the Elizabethan Club.

He records with Vienna Modern Masters label, and with  Moravian
Philharmonic, and currently he has fifteen Compact Discs on the label.
He also records for Capstone Records, Querstand-VKJK (Germany)
and Albany Records. His recording of Gregory Hutter's Skyscrapers
has been released through Naxos label, and Himdemith project CDs
with pianist Idil Biret will be released in 2013.  

Maestro Shimada holds a teaching position at Yale University, as
Associate Professor of Conducting with Yale School of Music and
Department of Music.  He has a strong commitment to music
education, and has been a faculty member of Rice University,
Houston, Texas, the University of Southern Maine, and being a guest
conductor with Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Purchase College
and University of Connecticut.  He has conducted All State Honor and
Regional Honor Orchestras of Connecticut, California, New York
Maine and Massachusetts, as well as giving numerous lectures in the
community organizations. He was one of the distinguish speakers at the
Chopin Symposium 2010, at Hacettepe University, in Ankara, Turkey.

He resides in Connecticut, USA, with his concert pianist wife
Eva
Virsik.



Eva Virsik's Web page:
www.evavirsik.com