Hiroaki Shiomi was appointed principal tuba with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra (OSO) in the spring of 1999 by Music Director Thomas Sanderling and is also an instructor of tuba at the Osaka College of Music (OCM). As one of Japan’s leading tuba players, Mr. Shiomi leads an active life in music as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and advocate of the Osaka Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Aioi City, Japan, Hiroaki Shiomi began playing the tuba at the age of 13.
Five years later he moved to Osaka where he studied with Shigeo Takesada, Kazuo Ishizaki and Masao Nishitani at the OCM and received a bachelor's degree in 1995.
After graduating, he studied in Munich, Germany, with Robert Tucci (Bavarian State Orchestra) and Thomas Walsh (Munich Philharmonic Orchestra). He has also received private lessons from well-known tuba player Roger Bobo.
In 2002, Mr. Shiomi made his orchestra solo debut performing "Tuba Concerto" by Ralph Vaughan Williams with the OSO, conducted by Kunihiko Makimura. He has also appeared as guest soloist with numerous wind ensembles, brass bands, and chamber groups.
In addition he has given many solo recitals in Japan.
Hiroaki Shiomi has great enthusiasm for contemporary music. In 2006, he released his 1st solo CD "Road", which included the world premier of Satoshi Yagisawa's "Love Song" and Kayoko Goda's "Fantasy". In 2009, he released his 2nd solo CD "Strange" with the world premier recording of Daisuke Shimizu’s piece "Tomo ga soba ni iruto iukoto" (both CDs are published by the Wako Record Company).
In 2012, Mr. Shiomi was invited as guest artist to International Tuba Euphonium Conference 2012 (ITEC), where he performed at the Brucknerhaus in Linz.
He has also played the premiere performances of a variety of solo works for tuba by Japanese composers, such as Satoshi Yagisawa’s "Love Song", Daisuke Shimizu’s "Tomo ga soba ni iruto iukoto", Kayoko Goda’s "Fantasy" and "The giving tree", Mariko Tomita’s "OSANA", Myoushou Tokimi’s "Three Sketches" and many more.
He has also played as a member of the Rivst Brass Quintet, The Real Brass, and Japan Brass Collection.