Originally from: Okaya, Japan
Now reside in: Houston, TX
Birthday: November 29
How did you get started? I started playing cello when I was 5 years old because both of my older brothers were already playing the cello. My oldest brother still plays with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Yokohama Japan.
What do you do when you’re not playing with ROCO? I play with other groups in town like the Houston Symphony and chamber music whenever I can! Also I enjoy playing with Theater Under the Stars.
What are you listening to on your iPod? Arcanto String Quartet; Chet Baker Sings; anything João Gilberto.
What did you do this Summer? This summer was full of traveling…Cambodia, Vietnam, Moscow, Japan, and Minnesota! A little vacation, a little working and family time!
Most magical musical moment? It’s hard to choose only one! For me, any concert or performance when not only do I feel really focused and present, but also when I am able to feel the same kind of energy from the audience is a magical moment.
Worst thing to ever happen to your instrument? Nothing bad has ever happened to my cello thank goodness, but flying with a cello is always a pain! Not only do I have to buy an extra ticket for the instrument but the airlines never give me mileage for it even though I pay the full price…
Personal info: Happily married to another cellist!
Interests outside music: Cooking, eating out, shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family!
Education: I attended the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo Japan where I received my bachelor’s degree; Southern Methodist University where I received an Artist Certificate and the University of Houston Moores School of Music where I received my Masters degree.
Bio:Bio: Born in Japan, Shino Hayashi began studying cello at the age of 5. She holds degrees from the Toho Gakuen School of Music, the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and an Artist Certificate from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Her principal teachers have included Keiko Matsunami, Ko Iwasaki, Christopher Adkins and Vagram Saradjian. She has preformed with symphony orchestras throughout Japan and the United States including the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Hayashi was a prize winner in the Japan Chamber Music Competition and a recipient of the Ishikawa Music Academy Award. She was a member of Cello Ensemble Saito at the World Cello Congress in St. Petersburg Russia and toured with the ensemble throughout Europe and Japan. She attended the string quartet young artist program at the Saito Kinen Festival and was chosen as a soloist to perform under the baton of Maestro Seiji Ozawa in Matsumoto, Japan.
She regularly appears throughout Japan with acclaimed violinist Takayoshi Wanami and is a teaching assistant at his summer seminars for violin and chamber music. In Houston she has also performed as a guest artist on faculty recitals at the Shepherd school of music, the Moores School of Music, and the Texas Music Festival.