Shigeo Mito (水戸 茂雄, Mito Shigeo) is a Japanese lutenist, theorbist and vihuelista.
In 1980, Shigeo Mito went to Europe to study at Conservatorio Superior de Música Óscar Esplá de Alicante and the Madrid Royal Conservatory. He studied the historical style with Willem Retze Talsma, lutes with Jose Miguel Moreno and Hopkinson Smith, and chamber music with Jordi Savall. In 1986, he returned to Japan, then gave recitals in and outside Japan.
Shigeo Mito has made some recordings of lute and vihuela including works of Sylvius Leopold Weiss and Johann Sebastian Bach on his own label.
One of his notable contributions is writing Japanese books about the lute. He published Japanese textbooks on Renaissance and Baroque lutes. In addition, with Homare Kikuchi, he translated some historical books on lutes (E. G. Baron and V. Galilei) into Japanese.Baron, Ernst Gottlieb (August 2009). リュート―神々の楽器― [Historisch-theoretische und practische Untersuchung des Instruments der Lauten] (in Japanese). Translated by Homare Kikuchi (2 ed.). Tokyo Collegium. ISBN 978-4-924541-90-0.
Galilei, Vincenzo (August 2009). フロニモ―リュートの賢者― [Fronimo] (in Japanese). Translated by Homare Kikuchi. Tokyo Collegium. ISBN 978-4-924541-91-7.