• Principal Guest Conductor

    The Mariinsky Theatre, Primorsky Stage


    First Place Winner

    Sir George Solti International Conducting Competition


    “He has a huge expressive power and vigorous energy.”

    “Kuwahara created the most brilliant sound

    and brought orchestra come to life.”

    “The performance was simply electrifying!”

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    Shizuo Z Kuwahara, conductor

    Harriet Krijgh, cello

    The final performance of the Malko International Conducting Competition.

    The semi-final stage of the Malko International Conducting Competition.

    2019 The Mariinsky Theatre - 4th Far East International Music Festival

    Celebrate Asia program with Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

    News segment from WRDW of a benefit concert put together by SOA for Japan earthquake and tsunami.

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    February & March Performances
    Ballet - Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Premiere Performances)
    Opera - Puccini: Tosca
    The Mariinsky Orchestra
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    December Concerts

    The Russia-Japan Cultural Bridge
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    Verdi: Macbeth
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    The Mariinsky Theatre - Verdi: La Traviata
    The Mariinsky Theatre - Verdi: Macbeth
    Philharmonic Winds Osaka with Chris Martin
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    The Mariinsky Theatre - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
    Osaka Symphony - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
    The Mariinsky Orchestra - Bach - Brahms Program
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  • Shizuo Z Kuwahara


    The First Prize winner of the prestigious Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, Shizuo Z Kuwahara is the principal guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, Primorsky Stage. His conducting career ascended rapidly after winning the Solti Competition, leading to conducting invitations from the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Saarbrücken, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic, and Frankfurt Museumsorchester. Kuwahara will be performing with various orchestras this season including Seattle Symphony, Osaka Symphony, Hiroshima Symphony and Wrocław Philharmonic.


    Mr. Kuwahara has led performances throughout North & South America, Europe, and Asia, including performances with Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Salta, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Kosei Wind Ensemble, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Century Orchestra Osaka, Nagoya Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Denmark National Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Slaska, Sinfonieorchester den Nationalen Philharmonischen Gesellshaft der Uklaine Kiew, German Radio Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre Pasdeloup. He has also acted as musical assistant and cover conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Orchestra de Paris.


    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. Other past positions include assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival in summer of 2008, conducting 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 served as Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at the College of William & Mary and American University, as well as an associate conductor of the Virginia Symphony. He has recently concluded 7 years tenure as the music director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta.


    In addition to winning the first prize at the Solti Competition, he received additional prizes from 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 Georg Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, 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. The City of Yokkaichi, Japan recently appointed him as an Ambassador of Tourism, a city where Mr. Kuwahara grew up.


    Born in Tokyo, Mr. Kuwahara received Master’s Degree studied conducting at Yale University, where he was awarded the Charles Ives Full Scholarship and awarded the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize. At the Eastman School of Music, he received Bachelor’s Degree and Arts Leadership Program Certificate, with honorable recognition of Performer's Certificate and the George Eastman Scholarship. In addition to studying with David Effron and Lawrence Leighton Smith at these conservatories, 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.


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