Born in Tokyo, Shizuo Z Kuwahara obtained his Master’s Deegree from the Yale University, where he was awarded the Charles Ives Full Scholarship and the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize. At the Eastman School of Music, he received his Bachelor’s Degree and the George Eastman Scholarship. In addition to studying with David Effron and Lawrence Leighton Smith, he has also studied with Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Timothy Muffitt and Michael Jinbo at various conducting institutions, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, the National Conducting Institute, the Pierre Monteux School, and the Chautauqua Music Institute.
Shizuo Z Kuwahara won the 1st prize at the Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Frankfurt and received different prizes at the Malko International Conducting Competition, the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, the Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in St Petersburg, and the Fitelberg International Competition in Katowice.
Kuwahara was a conducting fellow at the Philadelphia Orchestra, covering and leading numerous concerts as an apprentice to Christoph Eschenbach. Other past positions include assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival in summer of 2008. He spent the summer of 2006 in Sapporo serving as an assistant conductor to Valery Gergiev at the Pacific Music Festival. He has recently completed his 7-year tenure as the music director of ymphony Orchestra Augusta.
Shizuo Z Kuwahara is a frequent guest conductor of the Nice Philharmonic and Osaka Symphony. His conducting career ascended rapidly after winning the Solti Competition, leading to conducting invitations from Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Saarbrücken, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic, and Frankfurt Museumsorchester. He has also led performances throughout North & South America, Europe, and Asia, including concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Symphony and the Wrocław Philharmonic. In January 2018 he made his debut at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in the production of Verdi’s La Traviata.
Information for October 2018