Yuko Ohara is a UK based composer and one of the Institute of Musical Research fellows (Early Career Research Associateship) at School of Advanced Study, University of London in 2013/14. She has completed a PhD at Brunel University, and a PGDip in Advanced Composition at the Royal College of Music with the United Music Publishers Prize for Composition in 2006. She previously completed a Bachelor and a Masters Degree at Ferris University in Japan. Her research has been supported by the British Council Japan, the Seary Charitable Trust, the Brunel Graduate School, the PRSF & Bliss Trust and the Nomura Foundation Japan.
Yuko’s pieces have been selected for the BBC Symphony Orchestra Sound and music Embedded Project, the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble Project, the Spirituoso Project, the International Composer Pyramid (UK & France), the London New Wind Festival, the Soundwaves Festival, the Out Hear at Kings Place, “Reading session” at the 46th International Summer Course in Darmstadt, the Tzili Meudcan International Festival (Israel), the New Dots Project, the duoDorT:Quantulum Project, the Composition Workshops at the Institute of Musical Research, the Royal Musical Association Research Student Conference(2013 and 2014), the International Conference on Contemporary Music (Spain), the International Double Reed Society Conference and the BBC Radio3. She was received the 2nd prize at the VI Jurgenson International Composer’s Competition and one of the finalists: the Takefu Composition Award, the University of Aberdeen Music Prize and Young Composers Workshop at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. She was one of the Sound and Music shortlisted composers (2007-10).
Yuko has collaborated with ensembles and orchestras including the Arditti String Quartet, the Exaudi Vocal Ensemble, the ELISION Ensemble, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Ensemble Linea, the Curious Chamber Players, the Ensemble Mise-en, the Studio New Ensemble Moscow, the International Composer Pyramid Ensemble, the duoDorT, the Worker’s Union Ensemble, the London Contemporary Orchestra, the Tokyo Universal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Grupo Instrumental Siglo XX.
Yuko has attended an computer music workshop in the Acanthes/IRCAM and selected for composition workshops at the Takefu International Music Festival, the Tzili Meudcan International Summer Course and the 46th International Summer Course in Darmstadt. She has studied with Haruna Miyake, David Sawer, Christopher Fox, Richard Barrett, and taken part in courses and master classes with composers including Brian Ferneyhough, Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Tristan Murail, Steven Takasugi, Chaya Czernowin, Hilda Paredes, Akira Nishimura and Toshio Hosokawa.