Kyo Shimizu is a Japanese composer/guitalist, originally from Taksaki, Japan.
Kyo started his music career at the age of fifteen, playing electric guitar at local clubs in the Takasaki City. He moved to Boston to study music producing and engineering after he earned his Bachelor of nuclear theory from Sophia University in Tokyo. However, as he won several prizes in international composition competitions, eventually he resolved to devote himself to classical music composition. With scholarship and the position as university instructor, he earned Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition and Theory at Brandeis University.
He returned to Japan and started working in a music education consultant company as an international music agent. In April 2017, he established “Kyo Shimizu Music Laboratory” in Takasaki, Japan, and started his new independent music career. Currently, Kyo Shimizu works actively not only as a composer, but also guitarist, music producer/engineer and manager.
Kyo Shimizu studied composition with Alla Elana Cohen, Yu-Hui Chang and Eric Chasalow. He holds a bachelor of science from Sophia University, bachelor of music from Berklee College of Music (Summa Cum Laude), and master of fine arts from Brandeis University. The prizes he was awarded includes the first place in Massachusetts State and Eastern Division of MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) Composition Competition, Jury’s Prize and Incentive Prize winner in TIAA All Japan Composers Competition presented by Tokyo International Association of Artists.