Chatori Shimizu

Born in Osaka, but spending his formative years in Singapore, Chatori Shimizu is a composer, sound artist, and shō player who focuses on site-specific, kinetically enhanced, and concert music. He often plays with the themes of liberating time and space, often incorporating choreography, programming, mechanical enhancements, and installation design in his creations. His award-winning work has been performed and exhibited throughout Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Serbia, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States, by acclaimed ensembles such as AuditivVokal, ekmeles, Linea, Multilatérale, mise-en, Mivos, NZTrio, S.E.M, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Sound Factory Orchestra, among others. As an active researcher on the compositional approaches of the shō, he has conducted numerous lectures and demonstrations regarding the notation and the extended techniques of Japanese instruments in many universities around the world. Since 2022, Chatori has been the shō performer in LOD muziektheater’s opera Woman At Point Zero, appearing in major festivals and venues such as Festival d’Aix (FR), the Royal Opera House (UK), and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (ES). Alongside his impressive performance and composition work, Chatori also serves as Co-Artistic Director of Composers’ Collective Tesselat and co-founder of SEED Composition Academy.