Hijiri ShimamotoHijiri Shimamoto was born in Okinawa, Japan and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She studied with Taimur Sullivan and James Kalyn and took master classes with Arno Bornkamp, James Houlik and The New Century Saxophone Quartet. She has been teaching and performing since 1996 in both Japan and The United States. Hijiri enjoys large ensembles and was the principal Alto Saxophonist for The Winston-Salem Community Band for 7 years. She is currently a first Alto Saxophonist at San Jose Metropolitan Band and performs regularly in the California Bay Area.

She can give lessons in both English and Japanese.

沖縄生まれの沖縄育ち。渡米後、ノースカロライナ州立芸術大学音楽学士終了。サキソフォーンを Taimur Sullivan, James Kalyn, James Houlik 各氏に師事。アンサンブルコーチングを Arno Bornkamp, The New Century Saxophone Quartet から受ける。1996年から個人レッスンや演奏活動を行っている。特に吹奏楽を好み The Winston-Salem Community Band では首席アルトサックス奏者を7年間努めた。現在 San Jose Metropolitan Band にてファーストアルトサックス奏者を努め主にサウスベイエリアにて演奏活動を行っている。