Yutaka Shimoda was born in Japan in 1987. He started to play the violin at the age of 4, studying with Megumi Ogata and Nobu Wakabayashi, and later entered the Tokyo University of the Arts in the class of Prof. Kazuki Sawa.
He moved to London in 2005 and was awarded a scholarship to study with Prof. Jacqueline Ross at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he obtained BMus (Hons) and MMus. He was awarded scholarships from the Guildhall School Trust, the Legal & General Group PLC and the Wolfson Foundation.
He was also chosen to participate in master classes with Saschko Gawriloff, Midori and Hae-Sun Kang. In 2008, Yutaka won a place on the Pacific Music Festival (PMF) Orchestra in Japan, which he served as principal of the 2nd violins. The following year, he was invited back to the orchestra as leader.
Since 2009, he has been a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy supervised by Pierre Boulez. At the Lucerne Festival, he performed Boulez's "Anthèmes 2 for violin and live-electronics" with IRCAM's production team.
In 2010, he was chosen to participate in the London Sinfonietta Academy. After the academy, he was invited back to perform with the London Sinfonietta.
In 2010/11 season, he won a place on the LSO String Experience Scheme, which includes rehearsals and performances with the London Symphony Orchestra. This scheme enabled him to work with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, André Previn and Valery Gergiev.
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