Biography

Niko Yamamoto (1995) works with integrated systems of sound and action to augment experiences of body and environment. As a composer, his work encompasses an array of performance practices, primarily of music and theatre. His work explores processes of impulse and feedback to guide development and deterioration. 

He has been commissioned by Musiqa and New Downbeat and has received performances at the FSU Festival for New Music, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and the Etchings Festival. He has previously collaborated with artists and organizations such as the Arditti Quartet, Dan Gelok, Nunc, Ecce, the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois, the National Center for Super-Computing Applications, and the Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs.

He is a doctoral student at Brandeis University and is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a student of Erin Gee, Anthony Brandt, Scott Wyatt, and Kurt Stallmann. Additional instruction from Pierre Jalbert, Karim Al-Zand, Reynold Tharp, Guy Garnett, and Eli Fieldsteel. He has participated in masterclasses with Philippe Hurel, Hans Tutschku and Melinda Wagner. 

Teaching is an important component to Niko’s practice. He was formerly Brown Fellow at Rice University, working with Rachel Buchman leading experiential music classes based on Dalcroze philosophy to study experiences of sound in space and time. The classroom environment engages with play to experiment with sound practices in observation and creation.

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Commissions

Guerrilla Opera (Boston, MA)
Emerging Composer Fellowship, 2019-20.

New Downbeat (Cincinnati, OH)
2020.

Musiqa (Houston, TX)
Emerging Composer Fellowship, 2018-19.

 

Distinctions

Delores Dlesk Scholarship (2017)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Finalist, ASCAP Young Composer’s Award (2017)
on view of clouds (2016)

Theodore Presser Award (2016)
School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Division Achievement Award for Composition/Theory (2014)
School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Training

Rice University
M.Mus in Composition, May 2019
Brown Foundation Fellow, Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Member of the Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLabs)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.Mus in Composition-Theory, May 2017
Applied studies in Electroacoustic Music, Bassoon Performance, Wind Band Conducting, and Music Education.
Former Director of Musicals & Drama of the Illini Union Board.
Member of the Experimental Music Studios (EMS) & School of Music Student Advisory Board.

 

Festivals

Florida State University Biennial Festival for New Music 2019
Performance of Fixed Objects on a Moving Plane (2017) for quadraphonic fixed media.

Etchings Festival 2018
Composition Fellow
Teaching Faculty: Philippe Hurel, Erin Gee, Martin Brody, John Aylward. With Ecce (East Coast Contemporary Ensemble).

 

Upcoming Engagements