Yu Kuwabara (b.1984, Chiba, Japan) is a Japanese composer, a researcher of Japanese traditional arts, living in Tokyo. She makes music to ask herself who she really is. For several years, she has been researching and studying traditional Japanese music and arts to extend as far back as possible to her origins, in order to confirm her own standing. She has collaborated with numerous artists and instrumentalists of Japanese art forms including a Rakugo performer Kokontei Shinsuke (Japanese traditional verbal entertainment), Koto performers’ groups Tsugukaji-Koto and 4plus (Japanese zither), Japanese Buddhist chant group Shomyo no Kai - Voice of a Thousand Years to have investigated her own musical form between the past and the present, and also between Japan and the world.
Her work has been performed internationally by Ensemble Modern, Trio Accanto, soloists from Ensemble Intercontemporain, Talea Ensemble, Divertimento Ensemble, Enno Poppe and Klangforum Wien, Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble, Ensemble Proton Bern, neuverBand, AsianArt Ensemble, Ensemble Phorminx, Ensemble SurPlus, mdi ensemble, Sentieri selvaggi, Ensemble Mise-en, Ensemble TIMF, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, William Lang, Claire Chase, Rebekah Heller, Stefan Hussong, Camilla Hoitenga, Toshiya Suzuki, Kosei Murata, Hidejiro Honjoh, and others at major venues in Asia, Europe, and the United States such as Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Delian Academy For New Music, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Divertimento Ensemble Rondò, Lucerne Festival Academy, Academy Voix Nouvelles Foundation Royaumont, EXPO Milano 2015, impuls, Takefu International Music Festival, and Akademie Schloss Solitude etc. Her scores are published by Edition Wunn, Germany.
Yu Kuwabara debuts at PRISM Chamber Music Festival in 2019, with the work In Between for alto saxophone, percussion and piano, performed by EXORDIUM Collective conducted by Angus Lee.