Shigeru Kan-no was born in Fukushima (Japan). He studied piano, conducting, musicology and composition in Fukushima, Tokyo, Vienna, Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg and Frankfurt with Tekehito Shimazu, Akira Nishimura, Karl Öster-reicher, Leonard Bernstein, Isang Yun, Klaus Huber, Helmut Lachenmann and Hans Zender.
He has received numerous international music awards and scholarships.
He has composed almost 200 compositions in a variety of genres, including 10 electronic works, live electronics, and a number of arrangements. As a conductor of New Music, Kan-no is leading several orchestras and ensembles in Europe. He also performs as a pianist for super-avant-garde music.
In 2001 he received the third prize at the international composition competition 2 Agosto in Bologna. For his work Menagerie V he received in 2005 the 2nd Prize in the composition competition for wind band of the Blasmusikverband Stuttgart.
He won the Composition Competition of the Humperdinck Society in Siegburg in 2005 with Jennifer's Trombone WVE-219.