Liliya Ugay
2016 Call for Scores Winner

The New England Philharmonic (NEP) has selected Liliya Ugay’s “Oblivion,” winner of their 31st annual Call for Scores. The composition  will receive its Boston premiere by the NEP under the direction of Richard Pittman at their April 29, 2017 concert. The NEP began an annual Call for Scores in 1985 to showcase a contemporary classical music composition by an emerging composer. This year’s Call for Scores received 147 entries from 23 countries.

Liliya Ugay 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, American Music Festival,  June in Buffalo,  Boston New Music Initiative, and the Venice Biennale. She has been commissioned and performed by Albany Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, New England Philharmonic, Raleigh Civic Symphony, Columbus State University Philharmonic, ensembles Molinari, Antico Moderno and Omnibus. 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 prize winner 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 Masters of Music at the Yale School of Music studying with Aaron Kernis, Martin Bresnick, and Christopher Theofanidis. Liliya will start working on her DMA degree at Yale University this Fall.