Ken Ueno is an American composer, performer, and educator. His compositions and unique performing styles have taken him around the world and won him prestigious prizes.
Ken Ueno was born on 11 January 1970 in Bronxville, New York. He studied at the United States Military Academy at West Point until an injury forced him to drop out. It was during his recovery that he first started playing the electric guitar and encountered his first significant influence, Jimi Hendrix. Having previously focused more on his academics and sports, his recuperation time and discovery of the guitar led him to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he finished his bachelor’s degree. Further studies led him to Yale for his master’s and Harvard for his doctorate.
Ueno is currently an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Beyond academia he is an active composer and performer. As a composer he won the Rome Prize in 2006-07 and the Berlin Prize in 2010-11. His works have been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and many others, as well as by soloists like Kim Kashkashian and Frances-Marie Uitti.