Hisaichi Shimura, Principal Second Violin
Betta and Jim Hedlund Chair
“I learned about the CCO from Kimbo [former music director] – this is how I first came to play in Ithaca. But after Kimbo left, there were many reasons for me to stay. One big reason is because of the very wonderful people I met here because of the Orchestra. The CCO is lucky to have such a good community to support it, and Ithaca is fortunate to have such an orchestra to call its own!”
Hisaichi Shimura (principal second violin, Betta and Jim Hedlund Chair) was born in Japan where he began his violin studies. In 1991 after taking a master class with Lewis Kaplan in Japan, he was inspired to come to the United States to study with Mr. Kaplan, for whom he later served as teaching assistant at the Juilliard School’s Pre-college Division. He received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Mannes College of Music and appeared as soloist with the Mannes Orchestra as a winner of the concerto competition in 1995. His festival credits include Tanglewood, PMF, Salzburg, Bowdoin and C. W. Post Chamber Music festival. His New York recital debut was at Carnegie’s Weill Recital hall in 1996 as an Artists International Competition winner. He currently performs recitals as a soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras such as the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony in the United States while also being a faculty member at LIU Chamber Music Festival (NY).
In Japan, Mr. Shimura is a faculty member of the Karuizawa International Music Festival and a lecturer at the Tokyo University of the Arts. He regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician, and presents workshops, masterclasses, and concerts for performers and teachers as part of a program he developed, called Jouons: Harmonizing Body and Music. His articles about violin pedagogy are published in Sarasate Magazine in Japan.