Takashi Shimizu
violin | Japan, °1953
 
VIOLIN 1980 : Third Prize
Takashi Shimizu was born in 1953, in Yokosuka, Japan. Having started playing the violin at the age of 6, he won the all-Japan violin competition just three years later. That same year, he made his television debut, playing with the NHK Symphony Orchestra for the wedding celebrations of H.I.M. Prince Hitachi. At 17, laureate of three national competitions, he was awarded a scholarship to study under Jasha Heifetz for three years, at the University of Southern California. In 1975, he won the 3rd prize in the Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris, and subsequently took 2nd prize in the 1978 Carl Flesch Competition (London), the 1st prize in Granada (1979) and then, the 3rd prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition (1980). He also studied at the Guildhall School of Music, with Yfrah Neaman. Takashi Shimizu is now combining a career as soloist with that of a teacher at the University of Fine Arts, Tokyo.
Audio
Program
Final (30/05/1980)
Frederik van Rossum Concerto n. 1 op. 37
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata n. 28 in E flat major KV 380
Henryk Wieniawski Concerto n. 1 in F sharp minor op. 14
Takashi Shimizu, violin
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Georges Octors
Semi-final (14/05/1980)
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata in A minor op. 27/2
Jean Gyselynck Diptyque
Pablo de Sarasate Fantaisie sur des thèmes de Carmen op. 25
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n. 4 in D major KV 218
Takashi Shimizu, violin
Rina Radek, pianist accompanist
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