Yoko Nakatani, MM, PhD

Instructor, Composition

Yoko Nakatani received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Osaka College of Music in Japan, and a Master of Music degree at the University of Oregon in music composition.  Ms. Nakatani was a composition fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and an apprentice at the Chamber Music and Composers Forum of the East.  In the spring of 1999 and the fall of 2001, she was one of five women composers who initiated the Women Composers Concert at Brandeis, where she has recently completed her Ph.D. in Music Composition.  In the fall of 2002, her composition was selected out of many works and premiered in the Fukuoka Gendai Hogaku Festival (International Music Festival where composers write music for traditional Japanese instruments).  In the spring of 2004, her dissertation piece, “Hisakatano” for mezzo soprano and chamber ensemble was performed at Brandeis University.  In the fall of 2004, she organized the Women Composers Concert at Brandeis again, as a part of Festival of Women Composers.  She has recently received a commission from pianist Tomoko Isshiki, which will be premiered in Ms. Isshiki’s solo recital at Carnegie Hall in June 2006.  She is this year’s recipient of Ira Gershwin Prize in Music Composition at Brandeis University.  Ms. Nakatani studied with Yehudi Wyner, Martin Boykan, David Rakowski, Robert Kyr, and Kathryn Alexander.