Yota Kobayashi (b. 1980, Nagoya, Japan) is a composer primarily focusing on electroacoustic music. He received BFA in composition (2007) at Simon Fraser University and M.Mus in composition (2012) at the University of British Columbia. He has studied music technology and composition with Barry Truax and Keith Hamel, and music theory with John Roeder.
Since 2008, he has been teaching computer music composition and sound design courses at Langara College. At the University of British Columbia, he is currently pursuing his doctoral study in composition and conducting a research on "musical affordance in human-computer interactive performances." His research has been funded by the federal agency in Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), through Master's fellowship in 2011-12 and Doctoral fellowship in 2012-15.
His works have been presented at festivals and conferences in North/South America and Europe, including Bourges International Festival of Electroacoustic Music, International Computer Music Conference, Sound and Music Computing Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Third Practice Festival, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, and The Noise of Snow Festival.
Among his awards are Musica Nova (1st prizes in 2008 and 2009, Czech Republic), Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo (1st prize in 2010, Italy/France), Prix Jue de Temp/Times Play Awards (2nd prize 2009 and 3rd prize 2006, Canada).