Andy Akiho is a composer and steel pan virtuoso. Integrating contemporary musical styles with traditional Western and non-Western idioms, his compositions have won many prestigious awards, including a 2009 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award and a 2008 Brian M. Israel Prize.
Akiho’s works have been featured on PBS’s “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and by organizations such as Meet the Composer, Bang on a Can, American Composers Forum, and The Syracuse Society for New Music. His current commissions include a string quartet for ETHEL, a percussion piece for the Volta Trio, and a chamber work for the 2010 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. In the last year, he has composed for the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Red Line Saxophone Quartet, and The Playground Ensemble. Akiho’s compositions have been heard in such venues as John Zorn’s The Stone, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, Mass MOCA, The Players Theater in New York, and the St. James Theater in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina (Bachelors of Music in performance) and the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music in contemporary performance), Akiho is currently a master’s student in composition at the Yale School of Music. He has recently studied composition with Julia Wolfe and percussion with John Ferrari and Jeffrey Milarsky. At Yale, he studies composition with Christopher Theofanidis and Ezra Laderman. To find out more about Akiho and his music, please visit www.andyakiho.com.