Michael-Thomas Foumai

William Bolcom and Joan Morris Fellow


The music of Hawaii-born composer Michael-Thomas Foumai (b.1987) is inspired by story and is his works focus on creating a compelling musical narrative. His works draw inspiration from world literature, cinema and his native Hawaii among others. Performances of his orchestral works include those given by the orchestras of Albany, Buffalo, Cabrillo, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Portland, American Composers Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Fromm Foundation Commission, the Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, three BMI composer awards and was named Music Teachers National Association Distinguished Composer of the Year in 2014. He currently teaches composition and theory at University of Hawaii and holds degrees in composition from the Universities of Hawaii (BM) and Michigan (MM,DMA). Michael is also  a member of the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Music Department in the area of Theory & Composition.