Composer and conductor Yoshiaki Onishi is a teaching fellow at Columbia University in New York. Onishi’s music has been performed worldwide by such ensembles as JACK Quartet, Next Mushroom Promotion, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and Nieuw Ensemble. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini called him ‘a composer who can draw such varied, eerily alluring sounds.’ With his 2010 work Départ dans…, Onishi became the laureate of the Gaudeamus Prize 2011. Other recent honors include an artistic residency fellowship from Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy.
As a conductor, Onishi is a member of IKTUS+, a collective of musicians initiated by Iktus Percussion Ensemble of New York. Onishi has conducted Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yale Philharmonia, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Loadbang, to name a few. He has closely collaborated with contemporary composers such as Annie Gosfield, Zosha Di Castri, Alec Hall, Curtis K. Hughes, Bryan Jacobs, Wang Lu, Kate Soper, and Matthew Ricketts.