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Andy Akiho

New York, NY         

Described as “mold-breaking,” “alert and alive,” “dramatic,” and “vital” by The New York Times, Andy Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer of contemporary classical music. Recent engagements include commissioned premieres by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW; a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and three concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Akiho has been recognized with awards including the 2014-15 Luciano Berio Rome Prize, a 2014 Fromm Foundation Commission from Harvard University, the 2014 American Composers Orchestra Underwood Emerging Composers Commission, a 2014 Chamber Music America (CMA) Grant with the Friction Quartet and Jenny Q. Chai, a 2012 CMA Grant with Sybarite5, the 2012 Carlsbad Composer Competition Commission for the Calder Quartet, and the 2011 Finale & ensemble eighth blackbird National Composition Competition Grand Prize. Additionally, his compositions have been featured on PBS’s “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and by organizations such as Bang on a Can, American Composers Forum, and The Society for New Music. 

Akiho was born in 1979 in Columbia, South Carolina, and is based in New York City. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (BM, performance), the Manhattan School of Music (MM, contemporary performance), and the Yale School of Music (MM, composition). Akiho is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in composition at Princeton University. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Heidelberg Music Festival, HKUST Intimacy of Creativity Festival, Bang on a Can Festival, Silicon Valley Music Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest Festival, and Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where he is the Composer-in-Residence. Akiho’s debut CD No One To Know One, on innova Recordings, features brilliantly crafted compositions that pose intricate rhythms and exotic timbres around his primary instrument, the steel pan.

21 (2008)

Commissioned by and dedicated to Mariel Roberts
Mariel Roberts • Cello, Kick Drum, Electronics (loop)
Andy Akiho • Tenor Steel Pan, Prepared Pan, Tambourine

Video by the Bang Bang Theory

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Speaking Tree – 2 min Excerpt (2013)

Commissioned by & dedicated to Carnegie Hall for Ensemble ACJW (The Academy)
A program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education

The World Premiere was given by Ensemble ACJW at Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York on October 18, 2013 and repeated at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City on October 21, 2013.

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NO one To kNOW one (2010)

Commissioned by the Newman Center for the Mile High Voltage Festival

No one to…No one.One, two.I know no one.One… two.No one to lose my sense of direction.I know…I know one too.I falleN TwO.I am no one too.I am no one to give my two cents,since I lost my sense of direction.You know when to… know one.No way to know one way.No way to win when
there’s no one to lose.C.R.A.F.T.when dreams interrupt this dark reality.Quand les rêves interrompent cette réalité sombre…I can sense my direction.Can you find my way?I remember.I don’t know…

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