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Tonia Ko - Composition


Composer Tonia Ko has collaborated with leading soloists and ensembles across a variety of media—from acoustic concert pieces to improvisations and site-specific installations. 


Recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, Ko has received grants and awards from PRS Foundation, Barlow Endowment, Chamber Music America, American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as residencies at MacDowell and Copland House. She served as  2015-2017 Composer-in-Residence for Young Concert Artists. Most recently, she received a 2021 Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress for Breath, Contained III, a concerto for amplified bubble wrap and chamber orchestra.


Born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Ko earned a D.M.A. from Cornell University. Her practice was enriched by further studies at Tanglewood Music Center and Royaumont Académie Voix Nouvelles. She was the 2018-19 Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Chicago and was appointed Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2020.

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