Curriculum Vitae (CV)

 

Recent Commissions and Premieres



“Summer” from the Four Seasons for Four Pianos

World Premiere: Merit School of Music, Chicago, 2015. Commissioned and premiered by Piano Ensemble “Pianissimo!”

 


Fantasy on Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” for Four Pianos

World Premiere: Merit School of Music, Chicago, 2015. Commissioned and premiered by Piano Ensemble “Pianissimo!”

 


Meditation for a solo cello

World Premiere: at the International Cello Festival Zutphen, the Netherlands, 2015. It was part of the Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame program: A Minute of Silence (but not soundlessness), played by Mirel Iancovici.

 


Foxtrot/An Orchestra Rehearsal for a string orchestra

World Premiere: Christ & St. Stephen’s church, New York, 2015. Premiered by the North/South Chamber Orchestra.

 


At the Time Line, for
drums and piano

World Premiere: Rachmaninoff’s Concert Hall, Moscow, 2014. Commissioned and performed by Dmitry Scholkin & Yuri Polubelov.

 

Mussorgsky and Beyond,
double variations for piano solo

World Premiere: The Christ and St. Stephen Church, NYC, USA, 2013. Performed by Max Lifchitz.

 

Lamentation, monologue
for violin solo and string orchestra

World Premiere: Auditorium Pollini, Padova, Italy, 2012. Performed by Lucio Degani, Violin, and “I Solisti Veneti” chamber orchestra with maestro Claudio Scimone as a conductor.

Asian Premiere: Concert Hall of the Kyrgyz National Philharmonics named by T. Satylganov, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2013. Performers: Talant Moldokanov, violin and The State Academic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Rakhatbeck Osmonaliev.

Russian Premiere: Concert Hall named by S. S Prokofiev, Chelyabinsk, Russia, 2013. Performers: Olga Smolenskaya, violin, «Classic», chamber orchestra under the direction of Maestro Adik Abdurakhmanov.

American Premiere: The Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, New York, USA, 2014. Performers: Claudia Schaer, violin, the North/South Chamber Orchestra with Max Lifchitz, conductor.

 

The Agony in the Garden (based on El Greco),
for viola and piano

World Premiere: Derby Chamber Music Society, Derby, UK & Keele Concerts Society, Newcastle, Staffordshire, UK, 2011. Commissioned and performed by award-winning violist Eniko Magyar and pianist Timothy End.

 

The Lion that Could not Roar, music fairy-tale for narrator, piano trio and clarinet.

World Premiere: JCC in Manhattan, NYC, USA, 2010. Performed by Robert Sherman, the “Damocles Trio”, and Pavel Vinnitsky, clarinet.

Following performances:  Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, at the Summit Music Festival, USA, 2011. Performed by its faculty members: Julian Milkis, clarinet, Adam Kent, piano, Elena Peres, violin, Eugene Briskin, cello, with Mr. Sherman as a narrator.

Also: as part of the “Kindred Spirits Arts Programs” in Milford, PA, USA, 2011. Performed by  neoLit Music ensemble and Robert Sherman, the narrator.

 

Impromptu Mobile,
for piano solo

World Premiere: St. Stephen Church, NYC, USA, 2010. Performed by Max Lifchitz.

 

Byzantine Chants,
sacred Concerto for a solo cello

World Premiere and following performances: Our Savior’s Atonement Church, NYC, USA; St. Peter’s Church, NYC, USA; Summit Music Festival, Purchase, USA, 2009. Commissioned and performed by award-winning cellist Andrey Tchekmazov.

Also: Dalton Center Recital Hall of Western Michigan University at Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, Kalamazoo, MI, USA, 2011. Performed by Elizabeth Start.

The “Psalmodia” (an excerpt from the “Byzantine Chants”) was part of the ‘Music between East and West: Continuity and Change’ concert event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presented in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition’. Performed by Clive Greensmith, a cellist from the ‘Tokyo String quartet’ at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 2012.

Excerpts from the “Byzantine Chants”: St. Peter’s Church, New York, USA, 2014. Performed by

Andrey Tchekmazov.

 

Homage II,
suite for violin and cello

World Premiere: Chicago Cultural Center, “Chicago Chamber Musicians’ First Monday concert series”, Chicago, USA, 2009.  Commissioned and performed by Jasmine Lin, violin, and Jacob Braun, cello.

Following performances: Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia, NYC, USA, 2010, and also as part of the MOSA Concert series, at Our Saviour’s Atonemet Lutheran Church, NYC, USA, 2011. Performed by Emily Ondracek and Aminda Asher, the members of the at ISSA Sonus ensemble.

Choreography of the ‘Vocalize’ (Homage II to Rachmaninoff), the 1st movement of the “Homage II” the UNBOUND, the Living Arts New Music Festival, Tulsa, OK, USA, 2013.

The original contemporary dance choreography by Alicia Chesser and the Tulsa Modern Movement Dancers –  also with live Photography by Nathan Harmon.

 

August. Sunset Bloom,
string quartet

World Premiere: Merkin Concert Hall, “Philharmonic Ensemble at Merkin concert Hall” series NYC, USA, 2008. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic violinist Anna Rabinova and performed by the musicians from the New York Philharmonic.

 

I Believe, poem
for solo violin, alto saxophone, piano and string orchestra

World Premiere: Merkin Concert Hall, NYC, USA, 2008. Commissioned for a special anniversary concert “Twenty Years After” by Nina Beilina, violinist and artistic director of Bachanalia chamber group.

 

Homage I,
suite for violin and clarinet (2004)

World Premiere: at the Symphony Space, at the American Composers Alliance Festival (2008) by David Fulmer, violin, and Sarah Beaty, clarinet.

 

Pantomimes,
suite for solo piano, (2000)

World Premiere: the first movement of the suite was premiered by Ana Maria Bottazzi at the Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall (2001).

Italian Premiere: The complete suite was played by Paolo Vergari at the Teatra Ghione, Rome, Italy, 2004.

Asian Premiere: at the Kumming University, Yunnan, China, 2005. Performed by Paolo Vergari.

Israeli Premiere: and at the Magnificat Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, 2005. Performed by Paolo Vergari.

Canadian Premiere: at the New Music North Festival in Canada, 2004. Performed by Deanna Oye

 

Selected Performance Venues of Original Works


US Venues                                                                        

Chicago Cultural Center, IL

Columbus, Ohio

New York

Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall

Merkin Concert Hall

Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center

Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center

Symphony Space

Koschuzko Foundation

 

International Venues

Seoul Opera House, Seoul, South Korea

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan

Chamber Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Philharmonic Hall, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Academic Music Children’s Theater, Moscow, Russia

Chamber Hall, Museum by M. I. Glinka, Moscow, Russia

Derby Chamber Music Society, Derby, UK

Keele Concerts Society, Newcastle, Staffordshire, UK

 

Music Festivals

Summit Music Festival, USA

Tutti Festival of Contemporary Music, USA

American Composers Alliance Festival, USA

Moscow Autumn Music Festival, Russia                     

Moscow Spring Music Festival, Russia

New Music North Festival, Canada

 

Grants

American Composers Forum “Encore” Grant, 2007

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant, 2009

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) Grant, 2009

Commissions:

Eniko Magyar, a violist, Agony in the Garden (based on the El Greco’s painting), 2011

Andrey Tchekmazov, cello, Byzantine Chants, 2009

One World Symphony Singers & Ensemble, Sung Jin Hong, artistic director, Homage, NYC, NY, 2005

Nina Assimacopoulos, Pan’s Pastoral for a Shepherd, Bowling Green, OH, 2003

One World Symphony Singers & Ensemble, Sung Jin Hong, artistic director, Mother’s Lamentation, 2001

The Seasons, Moscow chamber orchestra, Vladislav Bulakhov, conductor & artistic director, Waltz-Metamorphoses, Moscow, Russia, 1997

The Seasons, Moscow chamber orchestra, Vladislav Bulakhov, conductor & artistic director, Suite in Stylistic Dances, Moscow, Russia, 1997

Moscow State Academic Music Children’s Theater, Thum Thumb, Moscow, Russia, 1995

Moscow Youth Theater, Ronny and Beerk, Moscow, Russia, 1988

Moscow State Academic Music Children’s Theater, Winnie-the-Pooh Once Again, Moscow, Russia, 1985

 

Education

Gnessin State Music Pedagogic Institute, Moscow, Russia

Master of Music in composition, with academic honors and distinction, 1979

Composition studies with Heinrich Litinsky

 

Music College under the Moscow Conservatory

Bachelor of Music in composition, 1973

Composition studies with Konstantin Batashev

 

Professional Affiliations

New York Women Composers, NYC, NY, 1999 to the present

American Music Center, NYC, NY, 1999 to the present

ASCAP, NYC, NY, 1999 to the present

Russian Federation Union of Composers, 1981 to the present

 

List of Compositions

Chamber Works

At the Time Line, for drums and piano, 2013

Mussorgsky and Beyond, double variations for piano solo, 2012

The Agony in the Garden (based on El Greco), for viola and piano, 2011

Impromptu Mobile, for piano solo, 2010

The Lion that Could not Roar, music fairy-tale for narrator, piano trio and clarinet, 2009

Byzantine Chants, sacred Concerto for a solo cello, 2008

August. Sunset Bloom, string quartet, 2008

Tribute to Romanticism, for soprano, cello and piano, 2006

Music Stories based on Chekhov, for baritone and chamber ensemble: flute, oboe, bassoon, French horn,

2 violins, 2005

Homage, vocal cycle, for soprano and cello, 2004

Piano Duo, suite for 2 piano, 2003

Duo, for cello and piano, 2003

Mother’s Lamentation, vocal monologue for mezzo-soprano and string orchestra, 2001
64 & ½, for piano trio, 2000

Trio for soprano, oboe and piano, 2000

Waltz-Metamorphoses, for string orchestra, 1997

Suite in Stylistic Dances, suite for string orchestra or violin and piano, 1997

Oh, There Was Such a Life, for soprano and piano (set to the poetry of Fyodor Tyutchev), 1997

Poem of Ending, vocal poem for soprano and piano (set to the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva), 1994

Five Art Songs, vocal cycle for soprano and piano (set to the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva), 1994

Six Servants, vocal cycle for baritone and piano (set to the poetry of English poets of the XIX century), 1991
Operatic Works, Musicals
Caligula, operatic scenes,

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass, baritone, tenor, choir, and orchestra, 1995                                                  Thum Thumb, solo opera for children, 1995

for mezzo-soprano and piano

Winnie-the-Pooh Once Again, comic opera for children in two acts, 1985

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, and chamber orchestra

Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, musical in two acts, 1989

for soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and chamber orchestra

Ronny and Beerk, musical drama in two acts, 1988

for treble voice, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone, electric guitar, bass guitar and chamber orchestra

 

Concertos
Piano Concerto, 1979

Works for Solo Instrument

Mussorgsky and Beyond, double variations for piano solo, 2013

Byzantine Chants, sacred Concerto for a Solo Cello, 2009

Suite Blue, solo piano suite, 2005
Pan’s Pastoral for a Shepherd, for flute solo, 2003
Solitude, suite for flute solo, 2003

Pantomimes, suite for solo piano, (2000)

Musical Sketches in Modes for piano solo, 1993

 

Collaborative Works

Incidental music for the Russian New York, documentary, 2013

Incidental music for the Demon, for drama actor, soprano, cello and piano, 2005

 

Record Releases

Euterpe Records, USA:Arcadian Murmurs, Pan in pieces, volume I, Pan’s Pastoral for a Shepherd, 2003

Melodia Records, Russia: Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, excerpts, 1991

 

TV and radio broadcasts

‘Persona Grata” TV show, NTV America, host and producer Michael Gusev, an interview, Fort Lee, NJ, USA, 2012.

Classical Discoveries radio show, host and producer Marvin Rosen, showcased the “Six Servants”, vocal cycle, Princeton, NJ, USA, 2010

WFMT Chicago, live broadcast of the “Chicago Chamber Musicians’ First Monday concert series”, Homage II, Chicago, IL, USA, 2009

Sirius159 XM 117, Catholic Channel, one hour program radio show Sounds from the Spires, host Dr. Jennifer Pascual (director of music of St. Patrick Cathedral), Byzantine Chants, Yonkers, NY, USA, 2009.

The Arts in Westchester, Pleasantville PCTV, 60’ program completely dedicated to the Byzantine Chants, Pleasantville, NY, USA, 2009.

The Arts in Westchester, Pleasantville PCTV, 30’ program completely dedicated to the Homage I, Pleasantville, NY, USA, 2008.

RTVI, Russian-language television network in USA, the Mother’s Lamentation live broadcast, NYC, 2001

RTVI, Russian-language television network in USA, numerous broadcasts dedicated to the vocal and instrumental works, NYC, 1997-8-9

ORT, First TV Channel of the Russian National TV, TV production, Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, Moscow, Russia, 1989.