Past Call for Scores Winners

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.

David Hertzberg
2015 Call for Scores Winner

David Hertzberg_NEP 2015 Call for Scores

The New England Philharmonic (NEP) has selected Spectre of the Spheres by David Hertzberg, winner of their 30th annual Call for Scores. The composition  received its Boston premiere by the NEP under the direction of Richard Pittman at their April 30, 2016 concert. 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 133 entries from 22 countries.

“David Hertzberg’s Spectre of the Spheres is a beautifully written work with startlingly crystalline textures. It evokes a musical world that is both familiar and mysterious. It has a grand sweep to it, and achingly beautiful melodies,” said NEP’s Composer-in-Residence, David Rakowski who has presided over the judging for the last four years.

Hailed as “opulently gifted” and “utterly original” David Hertzberg is swiftly garnering recognition, with his music enjoying performances at festivals in Aspen, Tanglewood, and Santa Fe, and on the stages of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.

Highlights of his 2014-2015 season include premieres of new works for Young Concert Artist, the PRISM Quartet, Network for New Music, and the Curtis Orchestra, with performances at Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, as well as performances at the Kennedy Center, features on APM’s Performance Today and Hong Kong’s Intimacy of Creativity festival, and performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. Other upcoming projects include new works for pianist Steven Lin and violinist In Mo Yang, both of which premiered on the 2015-16 Concert Artists Guild series at Carnegie Hall, and a large-scale concert work for Gotham Chamber Opera, premiered on their 2015-16 season in New York.

David began his musical studies in violin, piano, and composition at the Colburn School and received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with Scholastic Distinction from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Samuel Adler. At his commencement, he was awarded the John Erskine Prize for outstanding artistic achievement throughout the course of his studies. He holds an Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music.

For more information on David Hertzberg visit: www.davidhertzbergmusic.com

Matthew Browne
2014 Call for Scores Winner

Browne_headshot2The New England Philharmonic (NEP) has selected How the Solar System Was Won by Matthew Browne, winner of the Call for Scores competition. The composition was performed by the NEP under the direction of Richard Pittman at their May 2, 2015 concert.

NEP began Call for Scores in 1985 to showcase a contemporary classical music composition by an emerging composer. This year’s Call for Scores received 50 entries from 7 countries. “Matt Browne’s How the Solar System Was Won shows remarkable imagination and facility in writing for the orchestra,” said NEP’s Composer-in-Residence, David Rakowski. “The piece is a tone poem that surrounds mercurial, brassy, and hair-raising music with slow, ethereal, atmospheric passages … everyone in the orchestra will have a ball with it.”

Vermont native and composer Matthew Browne strives to create music that meets Diaghilev’s famous challenge–“to astonish.” His recent compositions have incorporated such eclectic influences as the timbral imagination of György Ligeti, the shocking and humorous polystylism of Alfred Schnittke, and the relentless energy of Igor Stravinsky.

Mr. Browne is a recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award and the 2014 American Viola Society’s Maurice Gardner Composition Award. His recent collaborators include the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, the Tesla String Quartet, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Browne holds a Master of Music in Music Composition from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

For more information please visit: www.matthewbrownecomposer.com