Yuko Ohara was born in Yokohama, Japan. Yuko is currently studying for a PhD in Performing Arts Research at Brunel University, West London, under supervisor Christopher Fox.
She studied musicology, piano and composition at Ferris University in Japan, where she completed a Masters Degree and was awarded a distinction in composition and musicology. In 2003, she received a grant to study abroad at the Royal College of Music, London. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Composition with Distinction, and won the United Music Publishers Prize for Composition in 2006.
Yuko was one of finalist for the Takefu Composition Prize by Toshio Hosokawa at the Takefu International Music Festival (Japan), the Young Composers Workshop at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2006 and the University of Aberdeen Music Prize 2009 with the piece, Shade ←→ Light, for clarinet quintet at the Sound Festival. The piece was premiered by member of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
She was one of the short listed composers for SPNM (Sound and Music) in 2007 and received a commission by SPNM for a project during 2007/08 season as part of the Soundwaves Festival 2008. Her piece, Psychederic Mirage for oboe and electronics, was premiered by Christopher Redgate and Paul Archbold.Yuko has been collaborating with several ensemble groups and orchestras including Ferris University Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Universal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Contemporary Orchestra. She has studied composition with Haruna Miyake, David Sawer and Richard Barrett and attended composition master classes including ones by Hilda Paredes, Toshio Hosokawa and Brian Ferneyhough.
Personal web site of Yuko Ohara (from Sound and Music)