Shinji Eshima

Shinji Eshima
Lecturer
Classical Bass

Biography

SHINJI ESHIMA, born in Berkeley, Graduate of Stanford University, the Juilliard School. Member of San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera Orchestras. Faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University. His former students can be found in orchestras around the world, including San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, London Philharmonia, Montreal Symphony and Covent Garden. His instrument is the Plumerel bass (1843) featured in the painting by Degas, The Orchestra of the Opera. In 2011 he organized and presented at the International Society of Bassists convention at SF State University. Over 1100 bassists from around the world attended. In 2011 the San Francisco Ballet commissioned him to compose a ballet for Yuri Possokhov. The result was RAkU, created for Yuan Yuan Tan. It has since toured the globe with San Francisco Ballet. It was recorded by the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Martin West at the famed Skywalker recording studio and released on CD and iTunes. In 2014 RAkU joined the repertoire of The Joffrey Ballet. It will next be performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle in 2018 As a result of his collaboration with chanters in RAkU from the San Francisco Zen Center, he was commissioned to compose a new work for their 50th anniversary in 2012. The result was “All’s Farrow” composed for a new bell sculpted of bullets by the artist Al Farrow and choreographed by dancer Pascal Molat. This bell now resides in the center courtyard of the San Francisco Zen Center waiting to be struck on the day the last bullet is made in the world. In 2015, the San Francisco Ballet commissioned another score, again with Yuri Possokhov called Swimmer, which incorporates 4 recorded songs of Tom Waits. It premiered in April 2015 returned in the 2016 season. He recently composed Bariolage, duo for violoncello and doublebass. It premiered at Davies hall in 2016, performed by and written for, former student Charles Chandler and Amos Yang. In 2011, the city of Berkeley, California named the day December 6th Shinji Eshima Day, in his honor for his contributions to the arts. He currently lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Balanchine repetiteur Sandy Jennings Eshima and their prized Meyer lemon tree.