An exuberant artist exhibiting an innate musicality well beyond his years, twelve-year-old Japanese-American pianist and violinist Ray Ushikubo has performed at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York and on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Guest appearances include performing with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang at Segerstrom Concert Hall and as a piano soloist and chamber performer with conductor/pianist Jeffrey Kahane and members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
During the 2013-14 Ushikubo performs solo piano at the Los Angeles Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) for a peace ceremony honoring Hiroshima atomic bomb victims. Additional concerts include an appearance with the Academy Virtuosi Orchestra, a piano guest artist feature for What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and a violin performance at the LACO gala in March. 2013 also included three solo guest performances for the Symphonic Adventures Program with New West Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011-12 Ushikubo made his orchestral solo debut at the Young Musicians’ Foundation Gala Concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He received a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists during his appearance on From the Top, with pianist and host Christopher O’Riley.
Ushikubo received several top prizes and awards including the 2012 Colburn Academy Steinway Prize. He was a 2009 Gold Prizewinner at the AADGT International Music Competition for piano and violin, resulting in his Carnegie Hall debut. Additional accomplishments include winning the First Prize of the Young Artists Piano Prize at the 2013 Mondavi Young Artists Competition at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and a solo performance at From the Top’s gala concert in Boston.
He started his studies at age five and is now a student at The Colburn Young Artists Academy, where he studies piano with Ory Shihor and violin with Robert Lipsett and Danielle Belen. Ushikubo’s other interests include math, wakeboarding and Mercedes Benz automobiles.