Yu Kuwabara (b.1984, Chiba) 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 arts and music to go as far back as possible to her origins and to confirm her own sense of being. She has collaborated with numerous artists who use traditional Japanese art forms, including Noh performers, a Rakugo performer, the Japanese Buddhist chant group and performers of traditional Japanese instruments to have investigated her own musical form between the past and the present, and also between Japan and the rest of the world.
She completed her master’s degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) and has taken part in prestigious festivals, academy events and programs for composers, including the Schloss Solitude Summer Academy, implus, the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Voix nouvelles of the Royaumont Foundation, the Divertimento Ensemble International Workshop for Young Composers and the Composer Seminar of the Lucerne Festival Academy. Her work has been performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Phorminx, Ensemble Mise-en, Ensemble Talea, Divertimento Ensemble, the Lucerne Festival Alumni, Stefan Hussong, Camilla Hoitenga, Claire Chase, and others musicians at major venues in Asia, Europe and the United States. She was Creator-in-Residence at Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama. Her scores are published by Edition Wunn, Germany.