Biography
TOSHIYUKI SHIMADA, a conductor in much demand because of his
wide range of experiences and of vital services to his community where
he conducts, is Music Director of three orchestras:  the Eastern
Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut, the Orchestra of the
Southern Finger Lakes in New York and the 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 return
engagement with Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Shimada has been a frequent guest conductor with a number
of international orchestras, including two major orchestras in Turkey;
the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara and Izmir State Symphony
Orchestra; 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, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra,
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra,
San José Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Pacific
Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and many
other US and Canadian orchestras. With the Yale Symphony
Orchestra, he has made highly successful tours in Italy, Turkey and
Brazil. Also, 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 recordings of Gregory Hutter's Skyscrapers
and Himdemith's Piano Concerti CDs with pianist Idil Biret has been
issued by the
Naxos label.   

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.

Please visit Maestro Shimada's MySpace page:  
www.myspace.com/toshishimada


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