Koji Nakano, Composer
Grand Prize

Award-winning Japanese composer Koji Nakano’s music reflects the relationship between beauty, form and imperfection through the formality of music.  In 2008, he became the first composer to receive the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize.  Since then, Nakano has been recognized as one of the major voices among Asian composers of his generation. 

Award-winning Japanese composer Koji Nakano’s music reflects the relationship between beauty, form and imperfection through the formality of music.  In 2008, he became the first composer to receive the S&R Washington Award Grand Prize.  Since then, Nakano has been recognized as one of the major voices among Asian composers of his generation. 

His music has been commissioned and performed by the Tapestry Opera, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Guangxi Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Del Sol String Quartet, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, Borealis String Quartet, Helikon Ensemble, San Francisco New Music Players, pianist Ning An, soprano Stacey Fraser, pipa virtuoso Hsi-Jong Wang, among others.  His portrait concert has been presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, at Northern Illinois University, and at Georgia State University as part of the College Music Society’s Fifty-First National Conference. 

In addition to being the recipient of 2008 S&R Washington Award Grand Prize from the S&R Foundation, Nakano has also received composition awards, grants and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Asian Cultural Council, Japan Society of Boston, Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, National Gugak Center in Korea, Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan National Science Council, Tanglewood Music Center, Meet The Composer, ASCAP, American Music Center, University of California at San Diego, California State University at San Bernardino, New England Conservatory, New School University, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Ernest Bloch Music Festival, as well as fellowships for residency from the Bellagio Center (Rockefeller Foundation), MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Millay Colony for the Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Ucross Foundation, Ragdale Foundation, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Nakano has guest lectured at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Davis, the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, California State University at San Bernardino, Chapman University, Creighton University, Sheridan College, the University of Western Sydney, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korean National University of the Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei Municipal University of Education, National Chiao Tung University, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, SEGi College in Malaysia, and Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia, as well as at Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, Rangsit, Silpakorn and Payap Universities in Thailand.

Nakano received his Bachelor’s Degree in composition with distinction, and Master's Degree in composition with academic honors and distinction, Pi Kappa Lambda, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was a scholarship student and studied with Lee Hyla and John Harbison.  From 2002 to 2003, he studied with Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in Amsterdam and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague as the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program Artist.  In 2006, Nakano received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied with Chinary Ung under the Gluck Composition Fellowship.

In the winter quarter of 2013, Nakano was a visiting faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he taught world music composition.  As a Guest Professor, he has previously taught composition at Taipei National University of the Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts, National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.  Nakano is currently the Coordinator for International Affairs in the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at Burapha University in Thailand, where he also teaches composition as a full-time faculty member.  At Burapha, he is also the Director of International Programs for the Annual Music and Performing Arts International Festival and the Artistic Director of Experimental Thai Music and Dance Laboratory for Young Composers.  

His upcoming projects include Time Song V: Mandala commissioned by the Jebediah Foundation New Music Commissions for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.  From 2008-2012, Nakano served as a Fellow Council member of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. As the co-founder of the Asian Young Musicians' Connection, he promotes new music by commissioning compositions from emerging Asian composers alongside worldwide professional musicians for its annual concert.  

Nakano is a member of ASCAP. 

Bohyun Yoon
Bohyun Yoon, Artist

Bohyun Yoon is a native South Korean who studied in Japan and the U.S. His work investigates the images of the human body in terms of identity, sexuality, gender and culture, it also explores the limits of the body and the boundaries of communication. He uses a wide-range of media including glass, mirror, and vinyl, through genres of installation, performance, and video.

Bohyun Yoon is a native South Korean who studied in Japan and the U.S. His work investigates the images of the human body in terms of identity, sexuality, gender and culture, it also explores the limits of the body and the boundaries of communication. He uses a wide-range of media including glass, mirror, and vinyl, through genres of installation, performance, and video.

Yoon received his M.F.A in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design (2004), studied at the International Summer Academy of Fine Art (2004) in Salzburg, Austria. and received a B.F.A and M.F.A at the Tama Art University (1995 – 2001) in Tokyo, Japan. Yoon was an instructor in the Glass Department at RISD and has participated in the Fellow Program for the International Research Center for Art at the Kyoto University of Art and Design (2005) in Japan.

Maro Vandorou
Maro Vandorou, Artist

Maro Vandorou was born and raised in Athens, Greece and came to the United States to pursue doctoral studies as a Fulbright Scholar. Her formal training has a strong interdisciplinary character with studies in Visual Arts, Interaction Design, Psychology, and Digital and Computer technologies. Since 2000 her focus has shifted exclusively to image making, with ongoing training, professional experience and expertise in the emerging field of applying digital imaging and printing technologies to such traditional fine art domains as photography and printmaking.

Maro Vandorou was born and raised in Athens, Greece and came to the United States to pursue doctoral studies as a Fulbright Scholar. Her formal training has a strong interdisciplinary character with studies in Visual Arts, Interaction Design, Psychology, and Digital and Computer technologies. Since 2000 her focus has shifted exclusively to image making, with ongoing training, professional experience and expertise in the emerging field of applying digital imaging and printing technologies to such traditional fine art domains as photography and printmaking.

“As a visual artist I use an eclectic mix of materials and methods to express my voice and my vision. I have a true passion for rare, handmade papers which I consider an integral part of the aesthetic and emotional interpretation of my images. I print in Platinum / Palladium, Vandyke and Albumen processes, and I love to combine the beauty and permanence of historic photographic processes with the power and precision of digital imaging.”

Maro Vandorou is the recipient of the 2008 S&R Washington Award. Her award application included her work Fragmented Light, an installation of Platinotypes. Ms Vandorou has enjoyed many exhibitions around the world, including solo exhibitions in Athens, Belgrade, Washington D.C, and Portland, Oregon. Fragmented Light is the first part of a Trilogy that documents a personal journey of profound transformation. The series references time – elapsed, logical, linear time – and time of the heart and emotions. On a visit to her birthplace she reflects on her roots, her decisions and their consequences, as she struggles to reconcile the essence of existence and of human emotions beyond place and beyond time. Infused by the emotional energy of Keramicos, an ancient cemetery in Athens, Greece, her images printed as Platinotypes on precious Gampi paper are in themselves fragile memory fragments. Maro’s work combines the austere monochromatic beauty and permanence of historic photographic processes with the fragility and timelessness of rare Japanese paper.