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 is grateful to her composition teachers Aaron Kernis, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Fred Cohen, Felix Yanov-Yanovsky, and Polina Medyulyanova as well as to her piano teachers Boris Berman, Alexander Kobrin, Tamara Borisova, and Guzal Ardashirova. Currently Liliya works on her DMA degree in composition at Yale School of Music.
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, 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.
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