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Young Composer Tonia Ko Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Tonia Ko
(Photo by Matt Dine, Courtesy: Young Concert Artists, Inc.)

The Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced the 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship for 29 year-old Young Concert Artists composer Tonia Ko.

Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, Ko was part of a group chosen from almost 3,000 applicants. In addition to this, Ko has received a Charles Ievis Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a three-time winner of the Eastman School of Music’s Louis Lane Prize, and won the Rapee Sagarik Prize at the 2014 Thailand International Composers Competition. 

Her music has been praised by The New York Times for its “captivating” details and “vivid orchestral palette.” Her fascination with texture and physical movement play into a larger theme of the relationship between visual art and music. As the 2015-2017 Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence, Tonia Ko received two commissions to write works for the debuts of both pianist Daniel Lebhardt and oboist Olivier Stankiewicz. These works were premiered in recital debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at Merkin Concert Hall and in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, to critical acclaim. Her work "Moves and Remains" premieres in the Young Concert Artists in New York and Washington D.C. this season, by violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt.

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the young composer.

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