[ Alumni Announcement ]

Composer Yoshiaki Onishi (Norfolk ’04) named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow

April 13, 2018

On April 4, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition. Composer Yoshiaki Onishi (Norfolk ’04) was named a recipient of one of these Fellowships.

Japanese-American composer and conductor Yoshiaki Onishi received his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2015. As a composer, 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, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Recipient of the Gaudeamus Prize 2011, 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.

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $360 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Turing Award, National Book Awards, and other important, internationally recognized honors.