Young Artist in Residence: Ray Ushikubo
Exhibiting an innate musicality well beyond his years, fifteen-year-old Japanese-American pianist Ray Ushikubo has already performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since his solo orchestral debut at age 10 with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra at Los Angeles's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ray has appeared with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang at Orange County's Segerstrom Concert Hall, and with pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Royce Hall in Los Angeles. A recipient of the prestigious Davidson Fellow Laureate Award in 2014, Ray won the 2016 Piano Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Since 2010, Ray has studied piano with Ory Shihor at the Colburn School's Music Academy, a pre-college program designed to prepare extraordinary young artists for careers as well-rounded professional musicians, where he is a Camille and Arnon Adar Scholar. At the Music Academy, he also studies violin with Robert Lipsett. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy. Ray's other interests include math, wakeboarding, watching action movies, and Mercedes Benz automobiles.
As a violinist, Ray Ushikubo is accompanied in these performances by pianist Alice Kyungsun Yoo.