Born in Tokyo, Mr. Kuwahara studied conducting at 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 Bachelor’s Degree and Arts Leadership Program Certificate, the honorable Performer’s Certificate and the George Eastman Scholarship.
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.
Mr. Kuwahara has led performances throughout North & South America, Europe, and Asia, including performances with Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Denmark National Symphony Orchestra, German Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has also acted as musical assistant and cover conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Orchestra de Paris. His achievements also include awards at the Malko International Conducting Competition, Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, the Prokofiev International Conducting Competition in St Petersburg, Fitelberg International Competition in Katowice, Poland.
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.