Toshiyuki Shimada is music director and conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, music director and conductor of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and has been music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra of Yale University since 2005. He is also music director laureate of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Portland, Maine, for which he served as music director from 1986 to 2006. Prior to his Portland engagement he was associate conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for six years. Since 1998, he has also served as principal conductor of the Vienna Modern Masters record label in Austria. He has been a frequent guest conductor with a number of international orchestras, and in May and June 2010, he led the Yale Symphony Orchestra in a highly successful tour to the Republic of Turkey, performing in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. The trip brought extensive media coverage, including CNN and Turkish National Television. Toshiyuki Shimada has collaborated with many distinguished artists, and has had the good fortune to study with many renowned conductors of the past and the present, including Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Herbert Blomstedt, Hans Swarowsky, and Michael Tilson Thomas. He records with the Vienna Modern Masters label, for Capstone Records, Albany Records and for Naxos. His Music from the Vatican with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and Chorus is available through iTunes and Rhapsody. Toshiyuki Shimada holds a teaching position at Yale University as Associate Professor of Conducting with Yale School of Music and Department of Music.