Hailed by the New York Times as “ravishing and engulfing,” Gity Razaz’s music ranges from concert solo pieces to large symphonic works. She is an active collaborator involved in projects across disciplines from modern dance to electro-acoustic soundscapes. Ms. Razaz’s music has been commissioned and performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, former cellist of the Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler, Metropolis Ensemble, National Ballet School of Canada, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Cellist Inbal Segev, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, Plurimo ensemble and Agimus Venezia, VisionIntoArt, New York Choreographic Institute, American Festival for the Arts, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and Sirius String Quartet among others. This year Ms. Razaz was offered the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, but had to withdraw to pursue other opportunities.
As composer-in-residence at National Sawdust’s inaugural season, Ms. Razaz presented a series concerts of her music featuring her 35-minute dramatic song cycle, “Valley of Not-Knowing” as well as a new commissioned work for string orchestra and percussion for 1B1 String Ensemble, commissioned by National Sawdust. Upcoming projects include a 60-minute original ballet score for Theatre Ballet Moscow, which is scheduled for a world premiere in Moscow in June 2017, as well as a work for classical guitar duo commissioned by Duo Noire. She is currently the composer-in-residence at Chautauqua Opera Company for the 2017 season.
Her compositions have earned numerous national and international awards, such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Composer Institute, the 2013 Jerome Foundation award, the Libby Larsen Prize in 28th International Search for New Music Competition, Juilliard Composers’ Orchestra Competition, three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards, Juilliard’s Palmer Dixon Award for the outstanding composition of the year in 2010 and 2012, as well as special recognition from the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, ASCAP, the Brian Israel Composition Prize, Margaret Blackburn Memorial Competition, the League of Composers (ISCM), and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Aside from her ongoing engagements in composition, Ms. Razaz is also active as a teacher and an educator. She frequently appears as a guest artist presenting master classes across the nation, while teaching piano, composition and music theory privately in New York. In 2012 Ms. Razaz joined the faculty of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she taught music theory and ear training, and served on the advisory committee for the American Federation of Teachers Graduate Scholarship.
Ms. Razaz attended The Juilliard School on full scholarship, and received her Bachelor and Master of Music in Composition under the tutelage of Samuel Adler, Robert Beaser and John Corigliano.
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