New Faculty Spotlight – Takuma Itoh

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Meet Takuma Itoh, composer and new faculty member at the Department of Music. 2012 was a banner year for Dr. Itoh; he graduated from Cornell in Ithaca, NY with a D.M.A and then travelled to the University of Hawai‘i to become assistant professor of composition and theory.

Dr. Itoh “spent his early childhood in Japan before moving to Northern California where he grew up.” His instrument is piano, but “I tell classical pianists I’m a jazz player, and I tell jazz players I’m a classical pianist.” Actually, since he is a composer, his primary instrument is the pen. He has composed music for string quartet, orchestra, jazz ensemble, cello octet, saxophones, and many other string combinations. His music has been performed in New York City, Australia, California, Florida, Poland and elsewhere. Look for his new work for flute and piano to be premiered on January 24, 2013 at Orvis Recital Hall here on the UHM campus. His compositions can be found on 2 CDs: Echolocation, performed by the h2 Saxophone Quartet on their CD Times and Spaces and Daydreams, performed by the Cornell Wind Ensemble on their CD Augenblick.

Most Recent Performances and Awards:

In May of 2012, the American Music Festival in Troy, NY premiered Across the Open Sky, an antiphonal work for two violins and cello. Read a review of the performance at the Times Union and Daily Gazette.

In February of 2012, Itoh became a recipient of the American of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship.

Parallel Divergence, a work for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, will have two performances by the Syzygy Ensemble on Oct. 14 and Nov. 2, 2012 in Australia.

Echolocation will be performed by the h2 Saxophone Quartet at the College Music Society National Conference in San Diego, CA on November 15, 2012.

Voted by NPR listeners as one of the” favorite composers under the age of 40″.

Visit Takuma Itoh’s website for a complete list of works, sound clips, video, biography, and much more.