Takuma Itoh Receives 2013 ASCAP Composer Award

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation honors UHM Music Department faculty Takuma Itoh with the 2013 Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Itoh is one of 28 composers under the age of 30 to receive the award from almost 600 submissions.

Itoh was honored for his piece Afterimage, written for solo cello. Click here to listen and learn more about Itoh’s works.

The ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Awards program grants cash prizes to Concert Music composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected through a juried national competition.

Morton Gould, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, served as President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986-1994. This year marks Morton Gould’s 100th Anniversary. Gould, an eminent and versatile American composer, was a child prodigy whose first composition was published by G. Schirmer when he was only six years of age. To honor Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators, the annual ASCAP Foundation Young Composer program was dedicated to his memory, following his death in 1996.

Visit the ASCAP website for more information on the Young Composers Awards.