Sho Kubota Web

Sho is a Japanese percussionist living in Finland, working as a principal Timpanist at Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. He is a lecturer at Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Kuopio Conservatorio.

Sho studied percussion at Toho Gakuen School of Music, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and Hochshule für Musik Freiburg. In 2011, he was a  Japanese government's overseas scholarship student.

He worked at Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana - Lugano (OSI), NHK Symphony Orchestra - Tokyo (as guest principle Timpanist), Project Martha Argerich (2011-16), Deutsche Radio Philharmoni - Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Tokyo Mitaka Philharmony, Budapest Danube Symphony Orchestra and so forth.

Sho is very active in a field of modern music as well with excellent musician 's. He has commissioned over 100 new pieces to contemporary composers all over the world. One of the most active collaboration nowaday is with Lugano Percussion Ensemble. Recently he joined a concert tour to Iran (Tcheknavorian 80 festival) and Bolivia. Many upcoming concerts are already planed in coming years.
As a soloist, in 2017, he premiered Masahiro Ishijima’s Timpani concerto with Kuopio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ryusuke Numajiri. He is also a member of Amigasa Trio (Finland), Quintet Rinasai (Japan) and Duo EnpA (Japan).

Sho studied Timpani with Taijiro Miyazaki, Mike Quinn and Kyoich Sano, and other percussion with Bernhard Wulff, Johanness Fischer, Max Riefer, Pascal Pons, Keiko Abe, Sawako Yasue, Tomoyuki Okada and Pasi Suomalainen.



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