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 (in NC, 2005-2012) and The San Jose Metropolitan Band (in CA, 2017-2019), with whom she has performed numerous solos. She moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and joined The Santa Fe Concert Band in April 2019. She has been performing in the Santa Fe area regularly. She also works for Santa Fe Symphony as a music mentor and teaches in the Santa Fe public school system.

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 Winston-Salem Community Band では首席アルトサックス奏者を2005年から2012年、San Jose Metropolitan Bandでは2017年から2019年まで努め数多くのソロを担当した。2019年3月ニューメキシコ州サンタフェ市に移住。同年4月からSanta Fe Concert Bandに入団し演奏活動を行っている。Santa Fe Symphony にてmusic mentor としても活動し、サンタフェ市公立高等学校でレッスンも行っている。