Shino Hayashi


Instrument: Cello

Originally from: Okaya, Japan

Now reside in: Houston, TX

Birthday: November 29

How did you get started playing an instrument?  I started playing cello when I was 5 years old because both of my older brothers were already taking cello lessons and instead of letting me choose a new instrument, my mom thought it would be easier for all of us to go to lessons together! My oldest brother still plays with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo Japan.

How long have you performed with ROCO?  Since 2007

 What do you do musically when you’re not playing with ROCO? I play with other groups in town like the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and chamber music whenever I can! Also I enjoy playing with Theater Under the Stars.

What are you listening to on your IPHONE/mobile music device?  Whats your favorite App? Chet Baker Sings; anything João Gilberto; anything that I’m currently learning or playing.  My favorite apps are Japanese cooking app called “Cookpad”, also “” since my husband and I are house hunting these days.

Interests outside music: Cooking, eating out, traveling, and spending time with my family!

What makes ROCO special to you?

People.  Not only people in the orchestra but also people in the audience.  They’re all enthusiastic and friendly.  I like the atmosphere between the players and the audience and the way that ROCO connects us all.

What makes Houston unique and inspiring for you? There are many music groups in town and they all have their own unique flavor, I love the variety and the vibrancy of the Houston art scene.  I also love how culturally/ethnically diverse Houston is.  You can meet people from all over the world with unique ways of living, ways of thinking, and ways of approaching music.  Living in Houston has been very interesting and eye opening to me.


Born in Nagano prefecture in the central mountains of Japan, Shino Hayashi began studying cello at the age of 5.  An accomplished orchestral musician, 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.

Education: Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo Japan (BM), Southern Methodist University (Artist Certificate), University of Houston (MM).