Born in Kagoshima, 1969. He graduated with a music degree from the Kagoshima University Faculty of Education, and went on to study conducting at the Toho Gakuen School of Music Conducting Seminar. In 1996 he graduated with a degree in conducting from the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. Passing the audition at the first conducting seminar founded concurrently with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997, Shimono was a conducting fellow there until 1999, honing his skills under many great masters, including the late Takashi Asahina. He was selected as an overseas art trainee by the Agency for the Cultural Affairs in 1999 and studied at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts through June 2001. At the 12th Tokyo International Music Competition in 2000, his conducting was rewarded with the First Prize and the Hideo Saito Award. In 2001, Shimono cemented his international reputation by receiving First Prize at the 47th Besancon International Competition for Young Conductors. Since then he has guest conducted at major orchestras both domestically and abroad, usually being called back for future engagements. He received great acclaim in his debuts in subscription concerts at the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009, and following on that in March 2010, he made his debut with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra as he began rapidly expanding his international activities. Having returned triumphantly to once again guest conduct the Orchestre Regional de Cannes PACA in October 2010, he is presently scheduled to make his conducting debut at the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz. Within Japan, he became Resident Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in 2006, and in addition to his ambitious work with this orchestra, he has also been invited to the podium of all the major Japanese orchestras. In addition he has conducted operas, including Die Zauberflote, Hansel und Gretel, and The Merry Widow at Nikikai; Hansel und Gretel at Nissay Theatre; and La Forza del Destino at the Japan Metropolitan Opera. Dedicated to band music as well, he became Music Director of the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra in January 2011. He has been invited to a plethora of music festivals, including the Affinis Music Festival, the Kirishima International Music Festival, the Miyazaki Music Festival, and the Beppu Argerich Music Festival. As resident conductor at the 2010 Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, he contributed to the festival's success by acting as Assistant Conductor of the opera; conducting six performances of the Concert for Children, the Welcome Parade and Joint Performances; and in being entrusted the podium by Seiji Ozawa in the four orchestral concerts. Following on this he joined the festival in its trip to Carnegie Hall, making his U.S. debut conducting half of two of the concerts. Shimono is involved in a myriad of activities, being devoted also to education, and to guidance of the younger generation, and he involves himself in things like conducting school concerts and parent-child concerts, as well as in leading master classes in conducting.
On the music faculty at Ueno Gakuen since April 2007.
He received the Idemitsu Music Award in and the Akeo Watanabe Music Foundation Award in 2002, 17th Nippon Steel Music Award (Fresh Artist Award) in 2006, and the 6th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award in 2007.