Composer in Residence, Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Wyoming, January 30 to February 24
Panelist, A Discussion on Interculturality in East Asian Music: Education, Theory, Practice and Composition (Dr. Hee Sook Oh, Seoul National University, South Korea; Dr. Christopher Hasty,
Harvard University; Dr. Koji Nakano, Burapha University, Thailand; and Dr. Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Rutgers University, USA), 20th Quinquennial Congress of the International Musicological Society (IMS), Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, March 20
World Premiere, "Spring Breathes"- Double Concerto for two Thai classical musicians and Chinese orchestra, Closing Concert, China-ASEAN New Music Week, Guangxi National Palace Concert Hall, Nanning, China, May 31
Guest Composer, Department of Chinese Music, National Taiwan University of Arts, New Taipei City, Taiwan, June 6
Spring Breathes IV for Chinese musical instruments, Little Giant Chamber Chinese Orchestra, MUPA-Taiwan Concert, National Recital Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, June 9
World Premiere, Spring Breathes V for Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Western instruments with new choreographed Thai dance, commissioned by Hong Kong Asian Young Musicians' Connection, Hong Kong, September (TBA)
World Premiere, Arigatoo commissioned by Taipei Chamber Singers, Taipei, Taiwan, December 22
Arigatoo commissioned by Taipei Chamber Singers, Burapha's Music and Performing Arts International Festival, Burapha University, Thailand, March (TBA)
Award-winning composer Koji Nakano’s music reflects the relationship between beauty, form and imperfection through the formality of music. In 2008, he became the first composer to receive the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize. Since then, Dr. Nakano has been recognized as one of the major voices among Asian composers of his generation.
Dr. Nakano currently divides his time between USA and Asia as a composer, scholar and an educator. As the co-founder of the Asian Young Musicians’ Connection (AYMC), he promotes new music by commissioning young and emerging composers to create music for worldwide professional musicians for its regular concerts, lectures and workshops.
In the fall of 2016, Dr. Nakano was the the Scripps Erma Taylor O’Brien Distinguished Visiting Professor at Scripps College in Claremont. He is the Resident Composer for the LotusFlower New Music Project in USA and a member of ASCAP.
“A haunting work” -New York Times