The Japanese soprano, Naho Kashiwabara, studied at Chiba Prefectural Kashiwaminami High School. She studied music at the Tokyo University of the Arts, where she graduated in 1999 with Bachelor of Music degree in voice, and in 2002 with Master of Music degree in opera. She studied singing under the direction of Taikai Takahashi, Tomoko Shimazaki. She received a scholarship from the Japanese Governmento Overseas Study Program for Artists, and in 2008 attended the Diploma Course Second Level Academic in Music at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia in Vicenza, Italy. Her music awards include: 2005 is selected as a participant (Representatives asiastici) at the Competition International Neue Stimmen"; in 2007 she was s the final winner of the "5th International Opera Competition Giovanni Martinelli - Aureliano Pertile,
In 2000, Naho Kashiwabara performed the role of Susanna in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (sponsored by Cultural Organization of Yokohama); in 2001, the role of Zerlina in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni conducted by Hiroshi Wakasughi (Sponsored by the Tokyo University of the Arts); in 2002, the role of Anna in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor conducted by Maestro Hanns-Martin Schneidt (Sponsored by the Tokyo University of the Arts). In 2004, the role of Konstante in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Tokyo's Nissei Theatre), soloist in J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion (BWV 245); in 2005, the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus; in 2007, soloist in Judas Maccabaeus by George Frideric Handel; in 2009 soloist in Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, role of Serpina in Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater.
In 2010 , Naho Kashiwabara performed as a soloist L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; in 2011, she participated, as a member of the Bach Collegium Japan (Director: Masaaki Suzuki) in a series of concerts in the USA, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the auditorium of the University of Yale. In 2011, she participated as a member of Yale Schola Cantorum (Director: Masaaki Suzuki) in three concerts that were held at the Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, at the Chiesa di Orsanmichele in Florence and at the Sala Verdi del Conservatorio di Milano. She collaborated with the Ns. Coro cantando as a soloist in Carmina Burana on July 16, 2011 at the Borgo Carige di Capalbio. On July 13, 2012 at the Isola del Giglio, 6 months after the tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia, in commemoration of the 32 victims, she performed as a soloist in W.A. Mozart's Requiem.
Naho Kashiwabara currently lives in Rome where she attends the lectures of Maestra Michela Sburlati.