Daishin Kashimoto was first prize winner of such renowned competitions as the 6th Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition in England in 1993, the International Competition for Violinists in Cologne in 1994 (where he was the youngest participant), and, in 1996, both the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition for Piano and Violin in Paris.
He has received a number of prestigious awards, such as the Arion Award (1995); both the Idemitsu and Mobile Music Awards (1997); the Fresh Artists Award of the Nippon Steel Music Awards (1998); The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists (1998); the Cultural Award from Hyogo Prefectural Government (2011); the Change Maker 2011 award in Japan; and the Steigenberger and Davidov Awards in Germany.
A Japanese national born in London in 1979, Daishin Kashimoto began studying violin in Tokyo at the age of three under Kumiko Eto. He moved to New York in 1985, and in the following year was accepted as the youngest student in the pre-college division of The Juilliard School, where he studied under Naoko Tanaka and received the Edward John Noble Foundation Scholarship. In 1990 he moved to Lübeck, Germany, to accept an invitation to study under Prof. Zakhar Bron. From age 20 he studied under Prof. Rainer Kussmaul at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, and completed the master’s course there, winning the Gustav Scheck prize.
He has been recognized internationally for performing under renowned Maestros such as Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Evgeny Svetlanov, Michel Plasson, Semyon Bychkov, Eliahu Inbal, Mariss Jansons, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Myung-Whun Chung, Mikhail Pletnev and others.
Daishin is also active in the field of chamber music, and has performed with noted musicians such as Martha Argerich, Itamar Golan, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Gérard Caussée, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Eric Le Sage, and others.
On January 22, 2007, he was chosen to perform at a special concert aimed to develop the relationship between China, Korea, and Japan, and performed chamber music with the H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan (viola) and Myung-Whun Chung (piano), together with Jing Zhao and Dong-Hyuck Ahn.
Since 2007, Daishin has served as music director at annual chamber music festival “Le Pont” in Ako and Himeji in Japan.
Daishin was appointed as the first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2010. He performed also as a soloist with Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. In addition, he is a member of the Philharmonic Octet Berlin.
As a recent project as a soloist, from 2010 to spring 2013, Daishin performed and recorded all of the Beethoven violin sonatas together with pianist Konstantin Lifschitz, and they received high praise for their concerts throughout Japan spanning three tours. The complete CD box of Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas, released worldwide on Warner Classics in January 2014.
He plays on a violin made by Andrea Guarneri, 1674.