Tokyo-born pianist, teacher and music reviewer. Jury member at numerous piano competitions, both in Poland and internationally. Author of articles and books, mostly devoted to piano music. Performed throughout Europe and in Japan.
Shimoda graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. He also completed postgraduate studies with honours as a scholarship holder of the Polish government at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He studied with such musicians as Nobuko Soma, Akiyoshi Ishiguro, Lidia Kozubek, Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, Jerzy Sulikowski and Tatiana Szebanowa. He has sat on the juries of numerous piano competitions, e.g. the International Competition for Young Pianists ‘Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam’ in Bydgoszcz, the International Piano Competition ‘Chopin for the Youngest’ in Antonin, the International Halina Czerny-Stefańska Piano Competition in Aomori (as chairman), the Sengawa Piano Audition in Tokyo and competitions organised under the auspices of the PTNA (Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan).
He spent eight years teaching piano at the Józef Elsner State Secondary School of Music in Warsaw. He currently has piano classes and lectures at leading Japanese music universities, such as Shōwa Academia Musicae, Tōhō Gakuen School of Music, Soai University and Ferris University. He also conducts a piano class at the Miki Gakki Kaiseikan Special Music Course. He is a member of the Japan Federation of Musicians and the Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan. A number of his students have become the laureates of international competitions in Europe (Warsaw, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Berlin, Moscow, San Sebastián, Porto, Livorno and Vercelli) and New York.
Koji Shimoda is also well-known as a music reviewer, publishing articles and reviews in major Japanese music magazines, such as Record Geijutsu, Ongaku no Tomo, Musica Nova and Chopin Magazine. His series of articles “Koji Shimoda’s Piano Masterpieces Anatomy”, published since 2011 in Record Geijutsu, has been especially appreciated and acclaimed in the piano music circles. He is an author of musicological books published in Japan, such as Chopin All Compositions (1997), Competition Trivia Dictionary (2005), Truthful Interpretation of Chopin (2010) and Chopin Book (2015). He cooperates with a number of concert management companies and recording companies. He supervises Forest of Piano – both the original books and the TV programmes broadcast by NHK. He also supervised the “Chopin – Portrayed in 200 Years of Images” exhibition in Japan (2019-2020).