Takashi Shimizu was born in Yokosuka, Japan. At the age of 6, he started playing the violin and only three years later won the largest national school competition in Japan. In the same year he made his TV debut when he performed with the NHK Symphony Orchestra at the wedding party of the Japanese prince Hitachi. At 17, he managed to win three first prizes in competitions, which gave him great public attention in Japan. He won a scholarship to study at the University of Southern California under Maestro Jascha Heifetz. He then studied with Michèle Auclair and Yfrah Neaman.
This was followed by many major prizes at international violin competitions such as. Jacques Thibaud, Carl Flesch, Granada and Queen Elisabeth. He made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin in Europe and then played with top orchestras around the world.
He was also very active in chamber music. In addition to regular appearances with Martha Argerich, he appeared with Fou Ts’ong, Ivry Gitlis, Bruno Canino, Yuri Bashmet, Mario Burnello, Alexander Rudin, Pavel Gililov, Misha Maisky and many others.
He is currently teaching at the Tokyo National University of Arts, Toho Gakuen College and Toho College of Music, Japan, and is a juror at various competitions in Japan and overseas. Tchaikovsky, Queen Elisabeth, Long-Thibaud, Jean Sibelius, Paganini, Fritz Kreisler and the Joseph Joachim Violin Competition.