Akiho, Andy

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Andy Akiho


Born: 1979

Country: South Carolina, USA

Studies: University of South Carolina (BM, performance), Manhattan School of Music (MM, contemporary performance), and the Yale School of Music (MM, composition). Princeton University (Ph.D.)


Website: http://www.andyakiho.com

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, the 2015 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund, 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.[1]

Works for Percussion

21 (Steel Pan or Marimba, + Cello Version) - Marimba, Cello
Aka - Tenor Pan
Beneath Lighted Coffers - Steel Pan, Orchestra
Daidai Iro - Tenor Pan
Deciduous - Steel Pan, Violin
Hadairo (Beige) - Tenor Pan
Hip-hopracy - Percussion Nonet
I Fallen Two - Steel Pan, String Quartet
Intuition Expectation - Marimba, Trumpet
Ligneous 1 - Marimba, String Quartet
Ligneous 2 - Marimba, String Quartet
Ligneous 3 - Marimba, String Quartet
Macqueripe - Tenor Pan
Momo Iro - Tenor Pan
Murasaki (Purple) - Tenor Pan
Omnipresent - Tenor Pan
Phatamachickenlick - Percussion Duo Snare Drum Duo
Percussion Concerto (Ahiko)
Stop Speaking - Snare Drum, Digital Playback
to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem - Percussion Octet

Seven Pillars

Pillar I - Percussion Quartet
Pillar II - Percussion Quartet
Pillar III - Percussion Quartet
Pillar IV - Percussion Quartet
Pillar V - Percussion Quartet
Pillar VI - Percussion Quartet
Pillar Vii
Amethyst - Vibraphone
carTogRAPh - Percussion
mARImbA - Glockenspiel
Spiel - Glockenspiel