Hailed by the New York Times as “ravishing and engulfing,” Gity Razaz’s music ranges from concert solo pieces to large symphonic works. With an ear for intense melodies and expanding harmonic language, Gity’s compositions are often dramatically charged. As described by John Corigliano: “…her Middle-Eastern roots have merged with her Western sensibilities to produce music that is both original and startling. She is on her way to becoming a major force in contemporary music.” Ms. Razaz is an active collaborator involved in projects across disciplines from modern ballet to electro-acoustic sonic landscapes.
Ms. Razaz’s music has been commissioned and performed by former cellist of the Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler, Washington National Opera, National Sawdust, National Ballet School of Canada, Chautauqua Opera Company, Ballet Moscow, Seattle Symphony, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, American Composers Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, Grammy-winning Norwegian string ensemble 1B1, cellist Inbal Segev, New York Virtuoso Singers, Metropolis Ensemble, VisionIntoArt, New York Choreographic Institute, American Festival for the Arts, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and classical guitarists Duo Noire, among others.
Her compositions have earned numerous national and international awards, such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Composer Institute, 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, ASCAP Plus Award, 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. In 2016, Ms. Razaz was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, but had to withdraw to pursue other career opportunities.
Recent projects include a 60-minute original ballet score for Ballet Moscow, which was premiered in Moscow in June 2017 and with regular reruns for the entire 2017-2018 season, a work for classical guitar duo commissioned by Duo Noire for their upcoming album, an opera commission from the Washington National Opera scheduled to be premiered in early 2018, as well as three commissions and a composer-in-residence position at Chautauqua Opera Company for the 2017 season.
Aside from her ongoing engagements in composition, Ms. Razaz is also active as a teacher and an educator. She has appeared as a guest artist presenting master classes across the nation, while teaching piano, composition and music theory privately in New York. Ms. Razaz joined the faculty of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she taught music theory and ear training in 2012-2013, and served on the advisory committee for the American Federation of Teachers Graduate Scholarship. She is currently a composition mentor for the 2018 Luna Composition Lab.
A native of Tehran, Iran, Ms. Razaz started her musical studies in piano at a young age and began composing intuitively at age nine. 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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