My Awarded Projects
Tonia KoLondon, GB
Tonia Ko’s creative evolution is guided by three conceptual pillars: texture, physical movement, and the relationship between melody and memory. These ideas permeate her recent works across a variety of media — from instrumental solos and large ensemble pieces, to paintings and sound installations. No matter how traditional or experimental the medium, Ko’s work reveals a core that is at once whimsical, questioning, and lyrical.
Recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, Ko’s music has been lauded by The New York Times for its “captivating” details and “vivid orchestral palette.” She has been commissioned by leading soloists and ensembles, and performed at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Recent presenters of her work encompass a broad range of the music scene, including the Spektral Quartet, New York Youth Symphony, Wild Up, percussion/ cello duo New Morse Code, oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, and the virtuosic singers of Volti. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ko holds a DMA from Cornell University and was the 2015-17 Composer-in-Residence for Young Concert Artists. She was appointed Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2020.
for large ensemble (13 players)
Commissioned by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition for the Grossman Ensemble
Premiere performance conducted by Ben Bolter, Logan Center for the Arts, December 7, 2018
Plain, Air (excerpt)
for string quartet and electronics
Commissioned by the Spektral Quartet with support from Chamber Music America
Excerpt of premiere performance by Spektral Quartet at Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, September 15, 2018