Reiko Shimokawa née Nakatsukasa
Reiko Shimokawa has received numerous awards, including 2nd place at the 8th Pacific Piano competition in Canada in 2002 and the Musical Activity Award from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Japan in 2001.
In 1993, she went to England to study piano and completed her Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) degree from the Royal College of Music and received postgraduate certificates from Trinity College of Music in piano and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in piano accompaniment. In 1999, she went to Canada to continue her studies and completed her Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree from the University of Victoria and also received a Diploma in Music Performance from UBC. Her world-renowned piano teachers include Dr. Sara Davis Buechner, Lee Kum Sing, Ronan Magill, Paul Roberts, Masahiro Saito and Bruce Vogt.
Her international appearances include the following performances:
A Schumann piano concerto with Budapest Concert Orchestra in Hungary in 1999, CBC Radio 2 in Canada in 2001, Albeniz Piano Concerto No.1 with the Osaka Symphoniker (currently known as the Osaka Symphony Orchestra) in 2005, a Mendelssohn-Haus Recital in Germany in 2011, an International Music Festival in Nałęczów Poland in 2012, Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with the Mozart Chamber Orchestra at the Izumi Hall, Osaka in 2013, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Tucson Repertory Orchestra (with conductor Toru Tagawa) in the US in 2014.
Her media appearances include FM OSAKA Talking Music Magazine Kurakore, Canada ICAS Nikkei TV and Tucson Morning Blend TV. Her 2 CDs have been released in Japan, entitled “In Earth’s Many-Colored Dream” and “Tunes of Clowns”. In 2016, she collaborated with the Italian Accordion player, Giuseppe Scigliano. In the June 2016 issue of Magazine Chopin, a critic commented that she is “The pianist who conveys the passion of Tango”. In 2018, she resumed the study of harpsichord and basso continuo under Tomoko Nozawa, Yoshio Watanabe and Miho Hirai. In 2019, she will be performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with the Tucson Repertory Orchestra in Arizona in June, and also a performance at Musical Connection with the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and an Orchestra Amicitia International Exchange Concert in Osaka in July.