Nobutaka Shimizu was born and raised in Hakodate, a Japa- nese city located on the northern island of Hokkaido. In 1977, while still a student at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, one of the most prominent music schools in Japan, he won the position of piccoloist with the Yomiuri Nihon Symphony Orchestra, one of Tokyo’s major orchestras. In 1986, he was appointed principal flutist of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras of Japan. He left the orchestra in 2016 to focus more on being an educator and a soloist. He has concert engagements throughout the year and teaches at Soai University in Osaka (as a professor in the music department) and at other music institutions in and around Kyoto and Tokyo.