MEET OUR CONDUCTORS
TOSHIYUKI SHIMADA is the Music Director and Conductor of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes; Music Director and Conductor of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT; and has been Music Director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra of Yale University since 2005. He is also Music Director Laureate of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, in Portland, Maine, for which he served as Music Director from 1986 to 2006. Prior to his tenure in Portland, he was Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for six years, beginning in 1981. Since 1998, he has also served as Principal Conductor of the Vienna Modern Masters record label in Austria.
Maestro Shimada has been a frequent guest conductor with a number of international orchestras, including the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra in Vilnius; the Orquesta Filharmónico de Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico; the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra; Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) Symphony Orchestra; the Prague Chamber Orchestra; the Slovak Philharmonic, NÖ Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna; L’Orchestre National de Lille in France; and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also guest conducted the Houston Symphony; Honolulu Symphony Orchestra; Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra; San José Symphony Orchestra; Boston Pops Orchestra; Pacific Symphony Orchestra; New York Chamber Orchestra; Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; and many other US and Canadian orchestras. In May and June, 2008, the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Shimada made a highly successful Italian tour performing in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan.