• UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Sendai Ikuei Campus, Sendai, Japan

     

    Program: TBA

     

    Monday, July 18, 2016, 4:00pm

    Cultural Center, Yokkaichi, Japan

     

    Williams: Star Wars

    Themes from Star Trek and Rocky

       Eric Miyashiro, trumpet

    Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1

    Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliette Fantasy Overture

    Borodin: Polovetsian Dance from Prince Igor

    Friday, September 30, 2016, 7:30pm

    First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA

     

    Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3

    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

       Sean Chen, piano

    Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

    Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:30pm

    Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA

     

    Pops! at the Bell

    Matthew Morrison

    Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:30pm

    Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA

     

    Pops! at the Bell

    Hooray for Hollywood

    Friday, November 18. 2016 7:30pm

    First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA

     

    Torke: Adjustable Wrench

    Copland: Appalachian Spring (Original Ballet Version)

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, Poland

     

    J.S. Bach/Respighi: Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor BWV 582

    Respighi: Vetrate di chiesa

    Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra

     

    Friday, December 11, 2016

    Hiroshima

     

    Program TBA

     

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:00pm

    The Symphony Hall, Osaka, Japan

     

    Aaron Jay Kernis: Too Hot Toccata

    Sakai, Kenji: Violin Concerto "On the G-string" (2011/2015)

       Tatsuki Narita, violin

    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

    Saturday, January 28, 2017 2:00pm

    Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo, Japan

     

    Respsighi (arr. Yasuhide Ito):Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3

    Respighi (arr. Eiji Suzuki): Pines of Rome

    John Corigliano: Symphony No. 3 "Circus Maximus"

    Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30pm

    First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA

     

    Gershwin Festival

    An American in Paris

    Porgy & Bess, A Symphonic Picture

    Cuban Overture

    Rhapsody in Blue

       Conrad Tao, piano

    Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30pm

    Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA

     

    Pops! at the Bell

    Soul Unlimited

    Music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, & Ray Charles

    Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:30pm

    First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA

     

    Stravinsky: Apollon Musagéte (1947 version)

     

    Mozart: Requiem

       Ilana Davidson, soprano

       Kristen Haney, mezzo-soprano

       John Daneicki, tenor

       Washington Isaac Holmes, bass

       Joel Scraper, chorus director

    Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:00pm

    S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall

     

    Celebrate Asia

     

    The Seattle Symphony’s ninth annual Celebrate Asia concert features movie music by famous Japanese, Chinese and Indian composers including Grammy and Academy Award winners Tan Dun and A.R. Rahman. Highlighted by pre- and post-concert entertainment, this spectacular event is a rare opportunity to revel in the rich musical traditions of Seattle’s vibrant Asian communities.

    Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:30pm

    First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA

     

    Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

       Arnaud Sussmann, violin

    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

    Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30pm

    Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA

     

    Pops! at the Bell

    Steep Canyon Rangers

    Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:30pm

    Lady Antebellum Auditorium, Evans, GA

     

    13th Annual Celebration

    Pops! Under the Stars

  • ABOUT

    Shizuo Z Kuwahara

     

    Winner of first prize in the prestigious Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Germany, Shizuo Z Kuwahara is currently the music director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Mr. Kuwahara was with The Philadelphia Orchestra as a League of American Orchestras conducting fellow, covering and leading numerous concerts as an apprentice to Christoph Eschenbach. He was an assistant conductor at the Saito Kinen Festival in summer of 2008, where he was an assistant to Seiji Ozawa, conducted the Ozawa Jyuku Orchestra. He spent his summer of 2006 in Sapporo, Japan serving as an assistant conductor to Valery Gergiev at the Pacific Music Festival. At the beginning of his career, Mr. Kuwahara has also served as Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra Activities at the College of William & Mary and American University, as well as an associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony.

     

     

    Frequent guest conductor of the Baltimore Symphony, Nice Philharmonic and Japan Philharmonic, His past guest conducting appearances includes Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Century Orchestra Osaka, Nagoya Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Philharmonia Slaska, Sinfonieorchester den Nationalen Philharmonischen Gesellshaft der Uklaine Kiew, Nice Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Pasdeloup, German Radio Symphony Orchestra and Salta Symphony in Argentina.

     

    In addition to winning the first prize at the Solti Competition, he has also been awarded 2014 Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S. Additional prizes includes the Malko International Conducting Competition, Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, the Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia and Fitelberg International Competition in Katowice, Poland. He is also a recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, Georgia Trend 2011 40 Under 40 - Georgia’s Best & Brightest, Augusta Region’s Top Ten in Ten Young Professionals, 2011 Greater Augusta Arts Council Art Professional Award, and 2011 S&R Washington Award.

     

    Born in Tokyo, Mr. Kuwahara studied conducting at Yale University, where he was awarded the Charles Ives Scholarship and won the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, and at the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the George Eastman Scholarship, Performer's Certificate and Arts Leadership Program Certificate. At these conservatories, his conducting teachers included David Effron and Lawrence Leighton Smith. Mr. Kuwahara has also studied with Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Timothy Muffitt and Michael Jinbo at various conducting institutions, including Aspen, the National Conducting Institute, the Pierre Monteux School, and the Chautauqua Music Institute.

  • ARTICLES 

    Sir Georg Solti Conductors’ Competition

     

    Shizuo Kuwahara picked up first prize

     

    Conduct! Jede Bewegung zählt

     

    Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition 2008

     

    Augusta Magazine

     

    Standing Ovation

     

    Arts Professional Award

    Music at Yale

     

    Shizuo Kuwahara ’01MM wins 2008 Solti Competition

     

    IML Spotlight

     

    Meet Shizuo "Z" Kuwahara

     

    Georgia Trend

    40 UNDER 40

     

    Georgia's Best & Brightest

     

    Augusta Magazine

     

    Navigating the Future

     

    Young Professionals under 40 in Augusta 

    Rochester Review

     

    Conducting a Musical Conversation

     

    WRDW-TV Augusta

     

    Augusta musicians join forces in benefit concert to help Japan

     

    Augusta's Choice

     

    SOA Performs Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Hook and More!

     

  • MEDIA

    Conduct! Jede Bewegung zählt

    Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition 2008

  • Danish National Symphony Orchestra

    Brahms: Symphony No. 2

  • Danish National Symphony Orchestra
    Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

     

  • Resounding Benefit Concert WRDW News Segment

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