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



    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"

    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.


    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.


    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!



    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