Biography

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English (as of April 2021):
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Japanese-American composer, conductor, and clarinetist Yoshiaki Onishi received his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2015 and is currently the Postdoctoral Fellow in Music Composition at the University of Missouri, serving as Co-Director for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. As a composer, he is interested in exploring a wide range of instrumental timbres and finding ways to incorporate them in musical syntaxes and forms that disrupt the sense of expectation. He has worked on commissions that have come from such festivals and organizations as Philharmonie Luxembourg, Takefu International Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, and his music has been performed by many ensembles, including Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, Nieuw Ensemble, Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Quatuor Diotima and JACK Quartet. He is the recipient of the 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2018 Fromm Commission, and the Gaudeamus Prize 2011, and his works are published by Edition Gravis in Berlin, Germany. As a conductor deeply engaged in promoting the music of today, he was one of the founding members of Ensemble Exophonie Tokyo and 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. Increasingly active as a re-emerged clarinetist in the recent years, he has collaborated with composers Carolina Heredia, Oswald Huynh, Bret Bohman, and Andrew Crossley.

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

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Japanese-American composer, conductor, and clarinetist Yoshiaki Onishi received his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in New York in 2015. He is currently the Postdoctoral Fellow in Music Composition at the University of Missouri and serves as Assistant Conductor for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. As a composer, he is interested in exploring a wide range of instrumental timbres and finding ways to incorporate them in musical syntaxes and forms that disrupt the sense of expectation. Noted by a New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini for its “varied, eerily alluring sounds,” Onishi’s music has been performed worldwide by organizations such as New Japan Philharmonic, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, Nieuw Ensemble, Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Quatuor Diotima and JACK Quartet. With his 2010 work Départ dans…, Onishi became the laureate of the Gaudeamus Prize 2011. He is named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Other recent honors include the Fromm Commission in 2018 and 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 currently serves as Co-Director to the Mizzou New Music Ensemble at the University of Missouri. He was one of the founding members of Ensemble Exophonie Tokyo and served as its Artistic Director/Conductor/Composer Associate, as well as 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.

Increasingly active as a re-emerged clarinetist in the recent years, he has collaborated with composers Carolina Heredia, Oswald Huynh, Bret Bohman, and Andrew Crossley.

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

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Written by a New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini in 2010 as: “[…] a composer who can draw such varied, eerily alluring sounds,” Japanese-American composer/conductor/clarinetist Yoshiaki Onishi works on pieces that are performed worldwide, presented by such festivals and organizations as Festival Rainy Days at Philharmonie Luxembourg, Trieste Prima Festival, Takefu International Music Festival, and Gaudeamus Muziekweek. Many ensembles and soloists of international calibers, including Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, Nieuw Ensemble, Distractfold Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Quatuor Diotima, JACK Quartet, Anssi Karttunen, Ari Streisfeld, and Linda Jankowska, have performed and championed Onishi’s music.

As a composer, Onishi is interested in exploring a wide range of instrumental timbres and finding ways to incorporate them in musical syntaxes and forms that disrupt the sense of expectation. Utilizing highly integrated musical structures, his recent works explore ways to suggest the connections between music and other fields of arts and humanities, as well as worldly phenomena of today. With his 2010 work Départ dans…, he was awarded the Gaudeamus Prize 2011, one of the most prestigious awards given to young composers. With his Tramespace, diptych for large ensemble (2012-15), he became a two-time finalist for the Akutagawa Award in Music Composition in Japan, in 2014 and 2016. He is named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. 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 and the 2018 Fromm Commission.

As a conductor deeply engaged in promoting the music of today, Onishi currently serves as Co-Director for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. He was one of the founding members of Ensemble Exophonie Tokyo and its Artistic Director/Conductor/Composer Associate. Recent conducting engagements include a portrait concert of Makoto Shinohara at Tokyo Opera City in July 2021 and 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 has conducted many ensembles and orchestras, working closely with composers of his generation.

As a committed educator, Onishi has held teaching positions at Columbia University and Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan. Currently, Onishi is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Music Composition at the University of Missouri. He has made the guest lectures and appearances at the University of Hawai’i at Manoā, University of the Pacific, Columbia University and other academic institutions.

Increasingly active as a re-emerged clarinetist in the recent years, he has collaborated with composers Carolina Heredia, Oswald Huynh, Bret Bohman, and Andrew Crossley.

Onishi received his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2015. 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.

Onishi’s 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

Français (version mai 2015):
Biographie

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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.

Japanese (as of June 2021 || 2021年6月現在):
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大西義明

作曲家・指揮者・クラリネット奏者。高校より渡米し、2004年パシフィック大学にて学士課程、2007年イエール大学で修士課程、そして2015年コロンビア大学で博士課程を修了。

作曲家としては、楽器の幅広い音色の探求に興味を持ち、それらを音楽統語法や期待感から逸脱する楽曲形式生成に援用する方法論を研究している。高度に統合された音楽構造を用いる彼の最近の作品は、音楽と他の芸術分野、人文科学、及び社会・政治的事象との関連性を示唆するものが多い。フィルハーモニー・ルクセンブルク、武生国際音楽祭、ガウデアムス音楽週間などからの委嘱に応える中で生まれる彼の作品は、アスコ・シェーンベルク・アンサンブル、クラングフォールム・ウィーン、アンサンブル・アンテルコンタンポラン、ニュー・アンサンブル、ディオティマ弦楽四重奏団などによって演奏されている。2018年グッゲンハイム・フェロー及びフロム音楽財団委嘱プログラム選出。2011年ガウデアムス作曲賞を受賞。彼の作品はドイツ・ベルリンのEdition Gravisから出版されている。

指揮者として同時代の音楽を広めることに深い関心を持つ彼は、現在ミズーリ大学現代音楽アンサンブル (Mizzou New Music Ensemble)の副指揮者を務めている。アンサンブル・エクソフォニー・トウキョウの創設メンバーの一人でもあった。ニュー・アンサンブルやECCEアンサンブル、ウェット・インク・アンサンブル等に客演指揮。また、近年ではクラリネット奏者としての活動も再開し、作曲家との協働作業も数多く行っている。

教育者としては、2015年から2017年まで桐朋学園大学で准教授(作曲理論)を務めた後、2018年から現在に至るまで、ミズーリ大学人文学部音楽学校で博士研究員を務め、後進の指導にあたっている。(https://linktr.ee/YoshiakiOnishi)


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