Takuma Itoh

Takuma Itoh

Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory

Takuma Itoh spent his early childhood in Japan before moving to Northern California where he grew up. Described as "brashly youthful and fresh," (New York Times), his music has been performed by the Albany Symphony, the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, Symphony in C, the Shanghai Quartet, the St. Lawrence Quartet, the Momenta Quartet, the Chimeng Quartet, the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra, violinist Joseph Lin, Syzygy Ensemble (Australia), Argento Chamber Ensemble, New Spectrum Ensemble, the H2 Quartet, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and many others.

He is the recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, four Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (including the 2010 Leo Kaplan Award), the American Composers Orchestra 2008 Underwood New Music Readings, Haddonfield Young Composer Competition, New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission, Renée B Fisher Composer Commission, Pioneer Valley Symphony Young Composers Competition, and Russell Horn Voices of Change Young Composer Award.

He has attended Cornell University (D.M.A.), the University of Michigan (M.M.), and Rice University (B.M.), studying with such composers as Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, and Pierre Jalbert, and jazz piano with Geri Allen. He has also been a fellow at the Pacific Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival and an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

He currently serves as Assistant Professor in Composition and Theory at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. For more information, please visit (visit

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