Nicholas “Niko” Yamamoto (b. 1995) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His music is largely concerned with the abstraction and juxtaposition of sound and action to transform aural image, subject, and environment.
Recent compositions explore the network between creative work, technology, the performer, and the audience in their respective environments. This exploration stems from a multi-faceted career as a theatre collaborator and technician, most recently explored in the work, “a meditation on turrell,” for James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University.
He has been a member of the Rice University Electro-Acoustic Music Labs (REMLabs) and the Experimental Music Studios (EMS) at the University of Illinois. His stereo fixed-media work, I measured the skies…, was selected for performance at the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States’ 2017 National Conference.
Niko was recently awarded the Emerging Composer Fellowship from the Houston-based contemporary music ensemble Musiqa. He is a graduate student and Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program Fellow at Rice University, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an instructor for the Young Children’s Division, leading experiential music instruction actively engaged with Dalcroze philosophy. He has received the Delores Dlesk Scholarship and the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award (2016) from the University of Illinois.
Commissions and performances from Musiqa, Nunc ensemble (with violinist Miranda Cuckson), Ecce, Moody Center for the Arts, and James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. His Master’s thesis, an orchestral commission, will be performed by the Shepherd Symphony Orchestra in their 2019-2020 season at Rice University.
Composition studies with Erin Gee, Anthony Brandt, and Kurt Stallmann, orchestration with Pierre Jalbert and Reynold Tharp, counterpoint with Karim Al-Zand, and masterclasses with Philippe Hurel and Hans Tutschku. Further studies in electroacoustic music techniques with Scott A. Wyatt and Eli Fieldsteel.