In 2011 Sean (Shoichi) Kubota was awarded the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's First International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship and is currently the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Conducting Fellow under the direction of Music Director Riccardo Muti.
Mr. Kubota has been the Music Director of the Orchestrada Tokyo since 2011, the 92Y Orchestra since 2010, and the Orchestra INSONICA since 2008. He has appeared as a conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Civic Symphony, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra of Sofia, and the Orchestra della Toscana. His conducting teachers include Hugh Wolff, Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, and Kurt Masur.
During the summers of 2004 to 2007, Mr. Kubota was invited to the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy. There he worked with Gianluigi Gelmetti and received the Emma Contestable Fellowship. In 2008, he made several appearances as a fellow conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Mr. Kubota received his Master of Music in orchestral conducting in 2005 from The Juilliard School. He also holds a Professional Study Diploma from the Mannes College of Music, and is a 2008-2009 season recipient of the Japanese Government Artist Fund.