Shimizu was born in Kyoto in 1961. He is one of the original three
artists who first began with the Shumei Taiko Ensemble. Today,
he is the Ensemble's Leader and his instruments are the chu-daiko,
shime-daiko, and solo flute. Besides
his dedication to taiko and Shinji Shumeikai, Tetsuo's interests
also include the Tea Ceremony, swimming, and sports.
"I find that it is not necessary to be an attention-seeker
to play taiko well. Although, when I first started out this desire
to show off was very strong in me. However, the more we practiced
as a group and the more concerts we gave, the more I came to realize
the selflessness of practicing an art dedicated to our Creator.
To attain this attitude, it is necessary to play with all one's
emotions and energy -- as if one had reached the limit of what
the full text of Tetsuo Shimizus thoughts on the art of
taiko, click here.