The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT., is thrilled to announce the appointment of Toshiyuki (Toshi) Shimada as its new music director. Shimada, currently the music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra (the university’s undergraduate orchestra), will be the fifth music director in the ECSO’s 63-year history.
Toshiyuki Shimada has been music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra of Yale University since 2005. He is also music director laureate of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, in Portland, Maine, where he served as music director from 1986 to 2006. Prior to his Portland engagement, he was associate conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for six years, beginning in 1981. Since 1998, he has also served as principal conductor of the Vienna Modern Masters record label in Austria. In addition, he is music director and chief creative officer of the Trinity Music Partners, LLC, which holds the worldwide rights to the Vatican Library Music Collection, and he has been serving as artistic adviser of the Tulare County Symphony Orchestra in California since 2007. MORE