Liza Stepanova

Praised by The New York Times for her “thoughtful musicality” and “fleet-fingered panache,” Liza Stepanova has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Weill and Zankel recital halls at Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully, Merkin, David Geffen, and Steinway halls in New York City; and at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared as a soloist with conductors James DePreist and Nicholas McGegan and live on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, and WETA Washington. Stepanova’s debut solo album Tones & Colors: Music and Visual Art (CAG Records, 2018), recorded with GRAMMY-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, was featured on Performance Today, in the BBC Music Magazine, and in a release celebration at National Sawdust in New York City. 2019-2020 concert highlights include invitations to the Bowdoin Music Festival and Prague Piano Festival, solo recitals at USF Steinway Piano Series and East Carolina University Piano Series, and chamber music tours with the Lysander Piano Trio, winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, in Canada, Mexico, and across the United States at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Crescent City Festival in New Orleans, Norton Museum in Palm Beach, and more. Highlights of past seasons include performances at international festivals at Castleton, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Mostly Mozart, Copenhagen (Denmark), and Davos (Switzerland), and collaborations with leading artists including violinist Cho-Liang Lin, violist James Dunham, clarinetist Charles Neidich, soprano Lucy Shelton, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the Atlanta Symphony. With the Lysander Trio, Stepanova has toured extensively across the United States and abroad with performances in most major music centers. Deeply committed to new music, she has premiered works by Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Tom Cipullo, Jakub Ciupinski, Reinaldo Moya, and many others, and has given regional premieres of works by George Crumb, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Frederic Rzewski. In 2020, Stepanova is scheduled to premiere a newly commissioned chamber work by Lowell Liebermann. Stepanova holds degrees from the “Hanns Eisler” Academy in Berlin, Germany (B.M.) and The Juilliard School (M.M., D.M.A.) where she studied with Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and George Sava. Following teaching positions at Juilliard and Smith College, Stepanova is currently an associate professor of piano at the University of Georgia.





LERA AUERBACH, raised in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on the border of Siberia, is a poet, composer, concert pianist, and visual artist. She has published more than 100 works for opera, ballet, orchestral, and chamber music, and performs as a concert pianist throughout the world. Her work is championed by leading artists, conductors, stage directors, and choreographers, with recent works staged by the San Francisco Ballet, Stanislavsky Theater, Hamburg Opera, Theatre an der Wein, National Ballet of China, Finnish National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Netherlands Dance Theater, Semperoper and Staatskapelle Dresden, and New York’s Lincoln Center.



Born and brought up in Israel, CHAYA CZERNOWIN continued studying in Germany (DAAD grant) and the United States, and then was invited to live in Tokyo, Japan (Asahi Shimbun Fellowship and American NEA grant), in Germany (a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude), and in Vienna. Her music has been performed throughout the world by some of the best orchestras and performers of new music. She has held a professorship at UCSD and was the first woman to be appointed as a composition professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria (2006–2009), and at Harvard University, USA (2009 on) where she has been the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music.



REINALDO MOYA is a graduate of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education system. Through El Sistema, he had access to musical training from an early age and was a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra touring throughout Europe, North and South America. Moya is the recipient of the 2019 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2015 McKnight Composers Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House, and was a composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club. His music has been performed by the Juilliard Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Attacca Quartet, and musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.



London-born ANNA CLYNE is a GRAMMY-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. She has served as composer-in-residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has been commissioned by the BBC Radio 3, BBC Scottish Symphony, Carnegie Hall, Houston Ballet, London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and the Southbank Centre. Clyne is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2016 Hindemith Prize, a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Jerome Foundation, and prizes from ASCAP and SEAMUS.



EUN YOUNG LEE has received commissions from Eighth Blackbird, Antico Moderno, the New York New Music Ensemble, Pacifica Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and many others. A winner of numerous composition awards, she has held fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Following studies in her native Korea, she earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Lee is currently associate professor of composition at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and previously taught at Tufts University.



The music of Iranian-American composer Badie Khaleghian has been performed in Iran, the United States, Austria, Italy, and Canada. It is influenced by his Middle Eastern background, his social justice activism, and his passion for collaboration. His recent works explore self-identity through close collaboration with musicians, artists, and scientists. Due to his religious background, Khaleghian was banned from public higher education in Iran, but he studied, taught, and created a music major for persecuted Bahá’ís in Iran. In 2014 he came to the United States as a religious refugee. He received his B.M. and M.M. in composition from the University of Georgia and is slated to begin his doctoral studies at Rice University in the fall of 2020.



PABLO ORTIZ is Professor of Composition at the University of California, Davis and has received numerous distinctions, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and commissions from the Fromm, Koussevitzky, and Gerbode Foundations. Recent premieres include Suomalainen tango for orchestra, by the Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, Trois tangos en marge by the Kovacik, Dann, Karttunen trio at the Museo Nacional Reina Sofía in Madrid, Notker for choir and organ by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices in Copenhagen, and a multimedia oratorio at the Centro Experimental Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in his native Argentina.



Included in the Washington Post's list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August, 2017), identity has always been at the center of composer/pianist GABRIELA LENA FRANK's music. Born in Berkeley CA to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Frank has traveled extensively throughout South America and her pieces often reflect and refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. Frank regularly receives commissions and performances from the leading artists and ensembles of today.


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