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Yu Oda

Japanese composer, hichiriki player, and the director of Looptail and Amsterdam Collage Ensemble currently living in Amsterdam

Oda was born in Japan and started his musical activity playing and composing in a rock band. After finishing his high school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he studied composition with Liviu Marinescu and earned the bachelor's degree at California State University, Northridge. In Los Angeles, he was a member of the Taiko Ensemble at the University and Kinnara Gagaku Ensemble at Senshin Buddhist Temple as a hichiriki player.

In 2008, Oda moved to Amsterdam, where he attended the master program of Conservatorium van Amsterdam in composition studying with Wim Henderickx, Willem Jeths, and Rafael Reina. He graduated from the program in 2011. While he was a student, he has had lessons with Allain Gaussin, Fabio Nieder, Misato Mochizuki, Brian Ferneyhough, Stefano Gervasoni, Tristan Murail, and Klaas de Vries.

As a composer, Oda has worked with Asko/Shoenberg Ensemble, Ensemble 10/10, Joint Venture Percussion Duo, Looptail, Amsterdam Collage Ensemble, Koto player Makiko Goto, Cologne Gagaku Ensemble, as well as the other musicians. And, his music has been nominated for Gaudeamus Prize 2011, a finalist of Henriette Bosmansprijs and Tera de Marez Oyensprijs2011, awarded honorable mention of 32nd Irino Prize, and outstanding composition student of 2007&2008 and world music student of 2008 in California State University, Northridge.

Currently, he is a member of Cologne Gagaku Ensemble, the director of Looptail and Amsterdam Collage Ensemble, as well as an active composer based in Amstedam.