Sho Kubota

Sho is a Japanese percussionist living in Finland, working as a principal Timpanist at Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. Since 2019, he is a lecturer at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio Conservatorio and Savonlinna Music Academy.

Sho studied percussion at Toho Gakuen School of Music (Bachelor degree), Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Master degree) and Hochshule für Musik Freiburg. In 2011, he was selected as a member of Japanese government's overseas scholorship program.

His professional career started first at Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (OSI) as an internship player. Enjoying fruitful musical moments and extended skills as orchestra percussionist, he has been participating numerous projects at OSI such as Project Martha Argerich (2011-16), Concert at Teatro alla Scala di Milano and so on.
Many orchestra has invited Sho as a Timpanist and percussionist. Recently he was invited as a guest principal Timpanist at NHK Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore he has played in Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Tokyo Mitaka Philharmony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Kirishima International Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Budapest Danube Symphony Orchestra and so forth.

Sho is 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, Pasi Suomalainen.

2019  BIO | Sho Kubota Web | Finland