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Japanese-American composer and conductor Yoshiaki Onishi received his doctorate in music composition at Columbia University in 2015. As a composer, he has worked on commissions that have come from such festivals as Takefu International Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek as well as performing organizations such as Ensemble Intercontemporain. His works are published by Edition Gravis in Berlin, Germany. As a conductor deeply engaged in promoting the music of today, he is one of the founding members of Ensemble Exophonie Tokyo and currently its Artistic Director/Conductor/Composer Associate. Other ensembles he has worked with as a conductor include Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam, ECCE Ensemble and Wet Ink Ensemble.

Website: http://www.yoshionishi.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/yoshiakionishi
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/yoshiakionishi

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Japanese-American composer and conductor Yoshiaki Onishi received his doctorate in music composition at Columbia University in New York in 2015. Onishi’s music has been performed worldwide by organizations such as New Japan Philharmonic, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and Nieuw Ensemble. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini called him “a composer who can draw such varied, eerily alluring sounds.” With his 2010 work Départ dans…, Onishi became the laureate of the Gaudeamus Prize 2011. Other recent honors include an artistic residency fellowship from Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy. His works are published by Edition Gravis in Berlin, Germany.

As a conductor deeply engaged in promoting the music of today, he is one of the founding members of Ensemble Exophonie Tokyo and currently its Artistic Director/Conductor/Composer Associate. In great demand as a conductor, Onishi is a member of IKTUS+, a collective of musicians initiated by Iktus Percussion Ensemble of New York. Onishi has conducted Nieuw Ensemble, ECCE Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yale Philharmonia, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, working closely with composers of his generation.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/yoshiakionishi
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/yoshiakionishi

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Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1981, Japanese-American composer/conductor Yoshiaki Onishi received his doctorate in music composition in 2015. His principal teachers there were Fabien Lévy, Fred Lerdahl, Tristan Murail and George Lewis. He received the Artist Diploma (2008) and the Master of Music degrees (2007) in music composition from Yale School of Music. Before Yale, he studied music composition, clarinet and conducting at University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music (Stockton, California), where he graduated in 2004 with the highest honor.

Written by a New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini in 2010 as: “[…] a composer who can draw such varied, eerily alluring sounds,” Onishi’s music has been performed worldwide by organizations such as New Japan Philharmonic, Nieuw Ensemble, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, JACK Quartet and Wet Ink Ensemble.

Onishi is a recipient of several honors. With his 2010 work Départ dans…, he was awarded the Gaudeamus Prize 2011, one of the most prestigious awards given to young composers. Other recent honors include an artistic residency fellowship from Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy, as well as a commission from Ensemble Intercontemporain as a result of Projet Tremplin.

As a conductor deeply engaged in promoting the music of today, he is one of the founding members of Ensemble Exophonie Tokyo and currently its Artistic Director/Conductor/Composer Associate. Recent conducting engagements include a concert “An Evening of Today 2014” with Nieuw Ensemble in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Previously he served as an assistant conductor to the Columbia University Orchestra from 2011 to 2013. He conducted many ensembles and orchestras, working closely with composers of his generation.

As a committed educator, he has held teaching positions at Columbia University, and Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan.

His works are published by Edition Gravis in Berlin, Germany. His website can be found at: http://www.yoshionishi.com.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/yoshiakionishi
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/yoshiakionishi

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[version mai 2015]

Compositeur et chef d’orchestre japonais-américain Yoshiaki Onishi est né en 1981 à Hokkaido au Japon.

Diplômé de l’université de Yale (New Haven) où il obtient successivement un “Master of Music” en 2007 et un “Artist Diploma” en 2008, il est également titulaire d’une licence avec la meilleure mention (Bachelor of Music) de l’Université du Pacifique (Stockton, Californie). En 2015, il reçoit son Doctorat ès Arts et Musique de l’université Columbia à New York où ses Maîtres de composition ont été Fabien Lévy, Fred Lerdahl, Tristan Murail et George Lewis. En outre, Onishi a participé à plusieurs festivals internationaux recevant les conseils de compositeurs aussi différents que Toshio Hosokawa, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Anders Hillborg, Marco Stroppa ou Luca Francesconi.

Yoshiaki Onishi a reçu des commandes du Festival Gaudeamus Muziekweek en Pays-Bas, de l’Ensemble Intercontemporain à Paris, d’Ensemble cross-art de Stuttgart, de Takefu International Music Festival au Japon, et des musiciens tels que Anssi Karttunen, Ari Streisfeld, et William Lang.

La musique de Yoshiaki Onishi a été jouée à Londres, New York ou Darmstadt par des musiciens européens et américains. Ses dernières œuvres ont été créées à Lucerne, Sapporo (Pacific Music Festival) et Utrecht, où il a été lauréat du premier prix Gaudeamus en 2011.  À Partir de 2014 la musique d’Onishi est éditée par l’Édition Gravis.

Parallèlement à ses études de composition, Yoshiaki Onishi a étudié la clarinette avec Patricia Shands et la direction d’orchestre avec Hideaki Tanifuji. En tant que chef d’orchestre, Yoshiaki Onishi a travaillé avec le Nieuw Ensemble, ECCE, Loadbang, Next Mushroom Promotion et Iktus percussion.

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1981年北海道函館市出身の作曲家、及び指揮者。高校より渡米。2015年コロンビア大学作曲科博士課程修了。作曲科修士課程、およびアーティスト・ディプロマ(研究科)をイェール大学にて修了。学士号をパシフィック大学(米国カリフォルニア州ストックトン市)にて首席で取得。

コロンビア大学では、作曲をファビアン・レヴィ、フレッド・レーダール、トリスタン・ミュライユ各氏に師事。2004年と2008年に札幌市で開催されたパシフィック・ミュージック・フェスティバルに、作曲コース生として参加。一柳慧、細川俊夫各氏に師事。

ニューヨーク・タイムズの批評家アンソニー・トマシーニが2010年に『とても変化に富んだ、奇妙に誘惑的な音を引き出す作曲家』と評している。大西の作品は今までに、JACK弦楽四重奏団、ネクスト・マッシュルーム・プロモーション、ニュー・アンサンブル、アスコ・シェーンベルク・アンサンブル、アンサンブル・アンテルコンタンポランなど、数多くの演奏者や団体によって演奏されている。

2011年、ガウデアムス作曲賞を受賞。このほかにもイタリア・チヴィテッラ・ラニエリ財団の招聘により芸術家助成滞在プログラム参加など、幅広い作曲活動を繰り広げている。

大西は指揮者としても活動している。2011年から2013年まで、コロンビア大学オーケストラの副指揮者を務めた他、オランダ・アムステルダムのニュー・アンサンブルと2014年1月に客演指揮者として共演。ニューヨークをはじめ、世界各地の団体を指揮している。同世代の作曲家の作品を数多く初演しており、これらの活動の業績が、パシフィック・ミュージック・フェスティバル20周年記念雑誌に取り上げられている。現在アンサンブル・エクソフォニー・トウキョウ芸術監督。


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