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Liliya Ugay wins New England Philharmonic Call for Scores

Liliya Ugay

Liliya Ugay '16 MM has been named the winner for the New England Philharmonic's Call for Scores. Her orchestral work Oblivion will be performed by the orchestra under Maestro Richard Pittman, with the performance taking place on April 29, 2017 at the Tsai Performance Center in Boston.

More about Liliya
Liliya Ugay (1990, Tashkent, Uzbekistan) is an award-winning composer and pianist whose music has been performed in many countries across the globe. A recipient of the 2016 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, her music has been described both as "assertive, steely" and "lovely, supple writing" by the Wall Street Journal. Among her competition prizes are the Molinari Quartet international composition competition (Montreal, Canada), International composition competition Pre-Art (Zurich, Switzerland),  Edward Grieg International composition competition (Oslo, Norway), International competition for young composers-Crystal Camerton (Moscow Conservatory/Union of Composers, Russia), and the MTNA National Young Artist Composition competition. Ugay's music has been featured at many festivals among which are the Darmstadt International Courses of New Music, New York International Electroacoustic Music Festival, June in Buffalo, American Composers Festival (Albany Symphony), Boston New Music Initiative, and the Venice Biennale. Her compositions expand from traditional ensembles to musical theater and electroacoustic music. 

As a pianist, Liliya is particularly interested in exploring and promoting unknown music of Soviet composers who were victims of political persecutions: her last project was a lecture-recital entitled "Silenced Voices: Music of Soviet Russia", which she worked on under the guidance of Boris Berman. Liliya is a prizewinner of several piano competitions, among which are the second prize at the International competition “Verfemte Musik” (Germany) and 4th prize at the 14th International Beethoven Piano Sonatas competition.

Liliya received her MM at the Yale School of Music studying with Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, and Christopher Theofanidis. Liliya will start working on her DMA degree at Yale this Fall.