Takashi Shimizu began studying the violin with S. Tokunaga at the age of 6, and then with S. Sumi. He won first prize in the All Japan Student Music Competition at age of 10, and made his debut playing with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Also he studied sometimes under Y. Yankelevich. Then Shimizu won 3 first prize of the All Japan Music Competitions and others at the age of 17. The following year, he was dispatched to United States and studied under Jascha Heifetz at Southern California University.
Shimizu study French style of bowing and French Music under M. Auclair with advice of Heifetz. Shimizu went to London with advice of Auclair. He was studying chamber music with Y. Neaman for 14 years. In the meantime, introduced by Neaman, he studied with Yehudi Menuhin and Nathan Milstein.
Shimizu has won 1st prize and taken high places in many international competitions, and has won the Grand Prix at the competition for winners of international competitions in France. Shimizu made his London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the leader of Yehudi Menuhin, which many critics praised as «a most unforgettable concert». He has played with the Major Orchestra of the world.
Shimizu has performed with many British Orchestra, such as the London S., Royal P., BBC P., Bournemouth S., City of Birmingham S., London Mozart Players, The Halle, Scottish Chamber, Ulster and others. He has also performed with National de Belgique, Brussel P. and others in Belgium, Her Resident, Stuttgart P. and others in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy in West Europe. Eastern Europe, he has played with the State S. Russia, Moscow Radio S. and others in Russia, George Enescu P. and others in Romania, Sofia P. and others in Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova and Montenegro. In Asia he has performed with orchestras in China, Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and U.S.A.
He has played chamber music with Martha Argerich for many times. He has played with Fou Ts'ong, Ivry Gitlis, Bruno Canino, Pavel Gililov, Yuri Bashmet, Mario Burnello, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Kniazev, Misha Maisky, Jian Wang and Jing Zhao etc.
He has served as jury member for such competitions as the Seoul International Music Competition, International ISANGYUN Competition, China International Violin Competition, Singapore International Violin Competition, Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, International Tchaikovsky Competition, International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young. Concours Long-Thibaud-Crespin, Internationaler Joseph Joachim Violinwettbewerb, Hannover, Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition and others.
He has been invited to 22 countries for masterclasses.