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    Onishi ’04 wins Gaudeamus Prize

    Sep 14, 2011

    Yoshiaki Onishi, a 2004 graduate of the Conservatory who earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition, was awarded the prestigious 2011 Gaudeamus Prize for his work Départ dans... at the conclusion of the Gaudeamus Music Week in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on September 11, 2011.

    The Gaudeamus Prize, which was first awarded in 1957, is given after a rigorous process: this year 385 compositions from over thirty countries were submitted for consideration, and thirteen finalists were invited to participate in the Gaudeamus Music Week, when their compositions were performed in live concerts. The international jury praised Onishi as a "master of the material" and a "remarkable talent." The prize includes a commission for a new work to be performed during the Gaudeamus Week 2012. Previous recipients of the prize include influential contemporary composers Louis Andriessen and Pauline Oliveros.

    One of Yoshi Onishi's orchestral compositions, Palinody, will be performed by our University Symphony at its February 4th concert. The composer will be present at the performance and he will also discuss his music with our students during a brief residency.

    For more information and a clip of his winning work, see: