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Niko Yamamoto (1995) works with integrated systems of sound and action to augment experiences of body and environment. As a composer, their work encompasses an array of performance practices, primarily of music and theatre. Impulse, feedback, and resonance are frequently explored as processes to guide development and deterioration. 

Commissions include new work for Guerilla Opera (Boston, MA), Musiqa (Houston, TX) and New Downbeat (Cincinnati, OH) with performances at the FSU Festival for New Music (Tallahassee, FL), the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, and the Etchings Festival (Auvillar, FR). Previous collaborations with artists and organizations such as the Arditti Quartet, Athanasia Giannetos, 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.

Niko is currently a doctoral student at Brandeis University and a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are a student of Erin Gee, Kurt Stallmann, Anthony Brandt, and Scott Wyatt. Additional studies with Pierre Jalbert, Karim Al-Zand, Reynold Tharp, Guy Garnett, and Eli Fieldsteel. Masterclass work with Philippe Hurel, Hans Tutschku and Melinda Wagner. 

Teaching is an important component to Niko’s practice. As a Brown Fellow at Rice University, they worked 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.



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

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

Theodore Presser Scholar (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



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).


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

New Downbeat (Cincinnati, OH)
February 2020.

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



Ensemble Linea
Residency and performance at Brandeis University, 2020.

Valerio Murat and Sound Icon
Residency and performance at Brandeis University, 2020.

Lydian String Quartet
Residency and performance at Brandeis University, 2019.

Arditti Quartet
Workshop of stop.motion at Rice University, 2019.

Workshop of transduction studies (2018) at Etchings Festival, 2018.

Miranda Cuckson with Nunc
Workshop of part 1, a very detailed account at Rice University, 2018.

Patrick W. Lenz
dis.integrations (2018) at New Art/New Music, 2018.



Brandeis University
Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory, in-progress.

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, and Music Education.
Former Director of Musicals & Drama of the Illini Union Board.
Member of the Experimental Music Studios (EMS).
Composition Division Representative for the School of Music Student Advisory Board.