A native of Springfield, OH, Kanako Shimasaki has performed as a solo and chamber artist in venues across the United States and abroad, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C., Menicon Annex and Museum of Kyoto in Japan, and was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 2013. She has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute.

Kanako is a founding member of “Three,” a cross-genre trio with Luke Gillespie, Professor of Piano/Jazz at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and her sister, violinist Mariko Shimasaki. They have given performances in Japan and the United States, recently appearing at the Millennium Stage in D.C., John Legend Theater in Ohio, and the Kyoto City International Foundation. 
She is also a founding co-artistic director of the Immaculata Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, where she performs regularly. Additionally, she is a Faculty-Artist of the Memphis Repertory Orchestra Summer Orchestral Institute.

As a full scholarship recipient, Kanako received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Her primary teachers include Kurt Sassmannshaus and Won-Bin Yim.  While at CCM, she was a winner of the Chamber Music Competition in 2012 and 2015 and the Brandenburg Concerto Competition in 2013.  She currently serves as a teaching assistant and is on the faculty of the CCM Preparatory Department.