Yoshihiko Shimo was born in Hiroshima, Japan and began studying oboe with Satoki Aoyama and Otto Winter at the „Tokyo University of the Arts“ in 2005. He received his Diploma with distinction in 2009 and was awarded the „Ataka Prize“ which was given for the best student of the university. In October 2009 he started taking lessons with Christian Wetzel at the Cologne School of Music where he successfully finished his master’s degree with distinction in 2014. Since October 2014 he studies concert performance with Kai Frömbgen at the Robert-Schumann School of Music in Düsseldorf.
Yoshihiko took part in numerous master classes with Gernot Schmalfuss, Ingo Goritzki, Stefan Schilli, Klaus Becker, Francesco Di Rosa, Jonathan Kelly, among others. He held fellowships at the „Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation“ in 2009, at „The German Academic Exchange Service“ in 2010 and at the „Villa Musica Foundation“ in 2011. In Japan he received an award for talented young musicians at the „19th Chugoku Youth Musik Competition“ in 2002. He was prize-winner at the „25th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition“ in 2008 and won the 1st prize at the „German Contest of Schools of Music“ with his Wind Octet.
As soloist Yoshihiko performed in numerous concerts in Europe as well as in Asia, e.g. with the „Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra“ and the „Geidai Philharmonia“, interpreting Richard Strauss’ oboe concerto.
He regularly performs as principal oboist with the „International Bach Academy“ conducted by Helmut Rilling and with the „German Chamber Academy Neuss“. Since 2013 he is principal oboist at the „Lower Rhine Symphony“.
Yoshihiko is very actively involved as a chamber musician and was awarded several international prizes as a member of the ARUNDOSquintett. Furthermore, he joined the „Linosensemble“ in 2015.