Born in Kagoshima in 1969, Tatsuya Shimono cemented his international reputation as a conductor by winning the First Prize at the 47th Besançon International Competition in 2001. Since then he has guest conducted major orchestras in Japan and abroad. He received great acclaim for his debuts with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009, and following that in March 2010, he made his debut with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In 2006 he was appointed Resident Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and in 2013 became their Principal Guest Conductor. Shimono is also Music Director of the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra and Guest Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. The Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra announced that Tatsuya Shimono will be its General Music Director starting from April 2017. In addition to his work with these orchestras he also regularly conducts all the major Japanese orchestras. Shimono’s opera conducting has included Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel and The Merry Widow at Nikikai Opera, Medea, Lear (both composed by Aribert Reimann) and Hänsel und Gretel at the Nissay Theatre, La Forza del Destino at the Japan Metropolitan Opera and The Silence (Teizo Matsumura) at New National Theatre Tokyo. He has been invited to a plethora of music festivals, including the Affinis Music Festival, the Kirishima International Music Festival, the Miyazaki Music Festival, and the Beppu Argerich Music Festival. He was resident conductor at the 2010 Saito Kinen Festival that included conducting four concerts with the Saito Kinen Orchestra. Following on from this he made his North American debut with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Contemporary music forms an important part of Shimono’s career, conducting repertoire across the spectrum including Ades, Cage, Glass, Gruber HK, Adams, Takemitsu and Hosokawa.
Tatsuya Shimono’s recordings include Strauss Ein Heldenleben with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Bruckner Symphony in D minor (No. 0) with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tatsuya Shimono received the Idemitsu Music Award and the Akeo Watanabe Music Foundation Award in 2002, the 17th Nippon Steel Music Award (New Artist Award) in 2006, and the 6th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award in 2007.