In music one must think with the heart and feel with the brain.
[EN] Toshiyuki Shibata is a diverse musician who plays a flute, piccolo, alto flute, baroque flute and classical/romantic keyed flute. His repertoire covers largely from baroque to contemporary music.
A native of Takamatsu, Japan, he studied a linguistic in Osaka University, eventually moved into New York by a recommendation of renowned flutist/conductor Ransom Wilson to focus on music education. Having studying in New York, he appeared as a concert flutist at New York's leading venues such as Carnegie hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Bargemusic in Brooklyn as well as his constant works in recording studios. He has served as the principal flutist in Manhattan Symphonie. He has premiered the works of award-winning composers including Huang Duo and Raphael Lucas.
After moving to Belgium, he found more interest in early music repertoire. Having studied in Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, Ghent, and Brussels, he has become one of a few professional flutists who plays on both Boehm system and historical flutes. He has worked with Brussels Philharmonic (former Flemish Radio Orchestra), Chamber Orchestra of Belgium, Le Concert Lorrain, Vox Luminis, Jeune Orchestre de L'Abbaye aux Dames and Il Fondamento. As an active chamber musician, he constantly works with Frank Agsteribbe[BE], Guy Penson[BE], Delfico String Quartet[IT] Bart Naessens [BE] and Keiko Shichijo[NL]. He closely works with an award-winning composer Diederik Glorieux[BE] to expand the limit of contemporary flute repertoire.
He has worked in Royal Conservatory in Antwerp as a research fellow focusing on the improvisational embellishments in late 18th century. He is also a research assistant in Study Center of Flemish Music to rediscover forgotten 19th century Flemish music. He served as the international liaison of National Flute Association of USA (2015-17). He is a recipient of scholarship from Flemish government (2014-15), further, he was granted fellowship/scholarship from University of Sydney in Australia in 2013. He is currently an artistic director of Musiqa Antiqua Takamatsu, Japan.
His hobby is to make udon noodles.