Meet Andy Akiho, Award Wining Composer & Panist - UpClose!

Calm, unassuming, and extremely humble -
Andy’s demeanor belies his globally recognized musical accomplishments with the steelpan instrument.

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“Panorama is life -
...It was a life-changing experience”  - Andy Akiho

WST 2014 Interview with Andy Akiho
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Global - Quiet but passionate, unassuming but already musically an aficionado, Andy Akiho’s journey with the steelpan instrument began seventeen years ago at the University of South Carolina – and there’s just so much more to come.  It is evident that not only his audiences but also the music world globally has sat up and taken note of this young man on his extraordinary evolutionary path. His most recent award (as at the time of this interview) is the Luciano Berio Rome Prize from The American Academy in Rome as one of the thirty-odd winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition – in Akiho’s case, with a focus on Musical Composition - New Works for Orchestra, and interrelated with his work as a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Composition at Princeton.

Andy Akiho
Andy Akiho

A graduate of the University of South Carolina (BM, performance), the Manhattan School of Music (MM, contemporary performance), and the Yale School of Music (MM, composition), Akiho is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University.

Fresh off his recent trip to Hong Kong, When Steel Talks sat down with Andy Akiho to share his fantastic journey and ongoing story.

In this UpClose When Steel Talks exclusive interview, here is Andy Akiho’s story in his own words.

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Andy Akiho debuted his "Septet for percussion, piano, strings and steel pan" with the Knights at BRIC House in Brooklyn, New York. When Steel Talks captured this world premiere on February 11, 2017 at BRIC


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