Toshiyuki Shimada, conductor, joined the Yale faculty in 2005 as music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and as associate professor of conducting at Yale School of Music and Department of Music. He is also music director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, music director, Music Director of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and principal conductor of the Vienna Modern Masters, in Vienna, Austria. He was music director of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra from 1986-2005, and now serves as its Laureate Conductor. Prior to his post in Portland, he was associate conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, he served as music director of the Nassau Symphony Orchestra, and of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra at Rice University. Maestro Shimada has been frequent guest conductor of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the recent engagements include Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; Orquesta Filharmonico de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Slovak Philharmonic; Tonkünstler Orchestra in Austria; Orchestre National de Lille; the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; and Prague Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. He has also been guest conductor with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the San Jose Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and many other U.S. and Canadian orchestras. He has also conducted All State High School Honor Orchestra in California, Maine, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as conducting the United States Air Force Band and Coast Guard Band. Maestro Shimada has studied with such distinguished conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Herbert Blomstedt, Hans Swarovsky, Sergiu Comissiona, David Whitwell, and Michael Tilson Thomas. He was a finalist in the 1979 Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin, and a fellow in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute in 1983. He has collaborated distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Andre Watts, Emanual Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Idil Biret, Janos Starker, Jashua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Nadjia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cho-Liang Lin, James Galway, and Doc Severinsen. He is a adjudicator of the National Orchestra Honor Project. Maestro Shimada records with the Naxos, the Vienna Modern Masters, the Capstone, the Albany, and the Querstand. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art.