Yu Kuwabara (b.1984, Japan) is a composer, a researcher of Japanese traditional arts, living in Tokyo. She has made music to ask herself who she is. For several years, she has been researching and studying traditional Japanese music, arts and thought to extend as far back as possible to her origins, in order to confirm her own standing. She has collaborated with numerous artists 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 Thousand Years to have investigated her own musical form between the past and the present, and also between Japan and the world.
She has completed her master degree at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and has took part in renowned festivals, academy and programs for composers including Schloss Solitude Summer Academy, implus, International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Voix nouvelles Foundation Royaumont, Divertimento Ensemble International Workshop for Young Composers, Lucerne Festival Academy Composer Seminar etc. and received guidance from Liza Lim, Hanspeter Kyburz, Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Frédéric Durieux, Pierluigi Billone, Raphaël Cendo, Stefano Gervasoni, Franck Bedrossian, Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Ammann, and among others. Her work has been performed by renowned musicians including Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble SurPlus, Enno Poppe and Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Talea, Sentieri selvaggi, ensemble mise-en, Divertimento Ensemble, Lucerne Festival Alumni, Stefan Hussong, Camilla Hoitenga, Claire Chase and others at major venues in Asia, Europe and U.S. She has also awarded Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama Creator-in-Residence.