Andy Akiho’s music has been called “mold-breaking” and “vital” by the New York Times, and the Denver Post proclaimed his work as “exotic and immediately appealing.” Andy has recently received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Eighth Blackbird (Winner of the Make Music National Composition Competition), ETHEL string quartet, Calder Quartet (winner of the Carlsbad Composer Competition), and has been featured on PBS’s “News Hour with Jim Lehrer.” Commissioned by Bang On A Can, Alloy, premiered at the Bang On A Can Marathon, received its west coast premiere at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series in May 2012. Andy’s music covers an incredibly broad spectrum of interests from Steel Pan to a wide variety of different types of chamber ensembles, prepared instruments such as piano and percussion, saxophone quartet, orchestra, Gospel choir and beyond.
Recent and upcoming performances include a tour of Taiwan for the 2012 International Drum Festival, and two shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC featuring new works, Lincoln Center, Aspen Festival, Mass MoCA, Chicago MCA, The Players Theater (NYC), The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, (le) Poisson Rouge in NYC, and the St. James Theater (Port of Spain, Trinidad). His 2011 debut CD No One To Know One on Innova Records features brilliantly crafted compositions that pose intricate rhythms and exotic timbres around his primary instrument, the steel pan.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina (BM, performance), the Manhattan School of Music (MM, contemporary performance), and the Yale School of Music (MM, composition), Andy is currently a Ph.D. candidate, having received The Roger Sessions University Fellowship in Music at Princeton University. To read more about Andy and hear his music go to andyakiho.com.