Born in Kyoto, Japan, Shigeru grew up with a passion for basketball. At age three, he had his first experience with classical music – a children’s story with accompanying LP record titled Gauche the Cellist. Gauche wasn’t the best musician, but was inspired by his interactions with animals to gain insight into music, and eventually became a top member of the local orchestra.
The story featured Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, and upon hearing this Shigeru decided to become a cello player. At age sixteen, he received his first cello, and went on to study with Toshio Kuronuma and Noboru Kamimura.
After moving to Australia, Shigeru spent two years as a member of the ABC Sydney Sinfonia, before joining WASO in 1987. His most memorable performance with WASO his first concert with the orchestra – Don Quixote, featuring Brazilian cello player Antonio Menaces.
Beyond music, Shigeru swims 40-60 laps each morning at 5:30am, which gives him time and space to think. He also spends one to one-and-a-half hours everyday preparing sushi chicken katsu for his boys’ lunch boxes