The Japanese guitarist, Shuko Shibata, took her first lessons at an early age, and in due course studied with Norohiko Watanabe in Tokyo before moving to London in 1979. The following year she entered the Royal College of Music where her teachers were Carlos Bonell and Charles Ramirez. For ten years from 1985 she worked with Emma Martinez as one half of the Shibata-Martinez duo, studying with the Assad Brothers, performing extensively throughout the festivals of Europe and recording an acclaimed CD of Spanish and South American music. In the latter half of the 90’s she resumed her solo career, performing and giving masterclasses at events such as the Wirral and Edinburgh International Guitar Festivals, at the Cambridge Guitar Project - where she gave the world premiere of Nikita Koshkin’s The Ballads - and appearing last year at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, at West Dean.
Shuko has become increasingly known as a composer, with works such as Songs of Oriental Children (Cambridge Music Works) and From the Harbour (Aston Music) winning warm critical recognition.