Chatori Shimizu is a Germany-based composer, shō (Japanese traditional mouth-organ) performer, and sound artist, who creates contemporary music (orchestral works, electronic music, etc.) that involve space and choreography with the use of durations and repetitions. As a researcher in the compositional approaches of the shō, he has conducted numerous lectures and demonstrations regarding the notation and the extended techniques of Japanese instruments in universities worldwide including Cornell University, University of Hawaii, Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Conservatoire de Strasbourg and Tamagawa University among others. Due to the restrictions on entry into China caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the destination of the fellowship was changed from China, as originally planned, to Taiwan, where similar research can be conducted. In Taiwan, Shimizu will investigate how the shō is used in both traditional and contemporary music practices, and how local composers reflect the chronometric time identity of the shō in their contemporary compositions.
Born in 1990. Graduated from Kunitachi College of Music (Computer Music), Tokyo, with the Arima Prize. He received his MFA from Columbia University, New York City as a scholarship student, and his master's degree in Composition at Dresden University of Music, Germany, as a Siemens scholarship student. In 2016, he won the First Prize at the Malta International Composition Competition, was selected for the 10th JFC Composition Competition in 2019, and received the 4th Kunitachi Prize "Shōrei Award" in 2021. He has studied composition and computer music with Shintaro Imai, Motoharu Kawashima, Kiyoshi Furukawa, George Lewis, Brad Garton, Zosha Di Castri, Mark Andre, Stefan Prins, and musicology with Jörn Peter Hiekel. Shimizu's works have been performed and exhibited around the world including Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States.