Chatori Shimizu (b. 1990) is a Pittsburgh based composer, shō performer, and sound artist, who constructs his works for a wide range of mediums concerning sound and space. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, all of his works engage in repetitive patterns of sound motifs, which aims for the slightest change in the pattern or a silence to act as an accent. As the First Prize Winner of Malta International Composition Competition, Shimizu's works have been performed and exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, China, and Europe. He has been awarded fellowships from Columbia University School of the Arts, Institute of Medieval Japanese Studies, the Mitsubishi Foundation, Omi International Arts Center, Soundstreams, Toshiba Foundation, Yaddo, among others, and his music scores are published from United Music & Media Publishing, Belgium. Shimizu obtained his MFA in Sound Arts from Columbia University, New York City, and received his BA in Computer Music from Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, as a recipient of the Arima Prize; the highest honor bestowed upon the graduating class. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition and theory at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Being a Hermit tries to promote a new insight on the introverts’ minds. In Western cultures, quietness is often times associated with negative connotations such as awkwardness, gloominess, repression, and in some cases, lifelessness. But I believe that a quiet character of one can be carefully carved out to mold a unique and clear voice. This is what is sounding in my mind.