Shimizu Takashi started the violin at the age of six with Tokunaga Shigeru and then with Sumi Saburo at the age of nine. He performed with the NHK Symphony Orchestra at the age of ten. Shimizu studied with J. Heifetz at the age of seventeen. Then, he studied with Miche?Lle Auclair, a student of Jacques Thibaud with the advice of Heifetz and learned Russian and French bowing. Shimizu won the grand prix at the competition for winners of international competitions in France. He studied chamber music for fourteen years with Yfrah Neaman, a student of Thibaud with the advice of Auclair. In the meantime, introduced by Neaman, Shimizu studied with Y. Menuhin and N. Milstein.
He made his debut in London performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Menuhin. The concert was highly successful, and Shimizu was invited by many orchestras. At that time, his daughter was diagnosed with a disability in utero by three university hospitals. He tendered his resignation to his management agency and music academy and cancelled all concerts scheduled, thus terminating his performance activities as musician. Shimizu came back to Japan and taught at Tokyo University of the Arts. Claire Hodgkins, an assistant to Heifetz, continued to persuade Shimizu to perform in public. Fortunately, it was revealed that his daughter had no problem. Receiving this result, he resumed his performance activities.
Shimizu has performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, The Hallé, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra in Britain, Het Residentie Orkest and Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, and others in Austria, Spain and Italy. In Eastern Europe, he performed with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia in Russia, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, and others in Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova, and Montenegro. In Asia, Shimizu performed in Korea, Singapore, and China. Last year, he was invited by music festivals in Poland and Austria.
In the current season, Shimizu plans to participate in music festivals in Austria, Romania, Poland and The Netherlands.
Regarding educational activities, he is going to teach at Toho Gakuen School of Music and Toho College of Music in Japan, and in Singapore, Korea and Austria. Shimizu has been requested to serve as jury for five international competitions.
So far he has taught in fifteen countries and served as jury for international competitions in eighteen countries around the world.