Liliya Ugay, Composer

Updated: May 5

Described as “particularly evocative,” “fluid and theatrical… the music [that] makes its case with immediacy” (The Arts Fuse) as well as both “assertive and steely,” and “lovely, subtle writing” (Wall Street Journal), Liliya Ugay‘s music has been performed in many countries around the globe. Ugay has collaborated with the Washington National Opera, American Lyric Theater, Nashville Symphony, Albany Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Yale Philharmonia, Raleigh Civic Symphony, Norfolk Festival Choir, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Molinari Quartet, Antico Moderno, Omnibus ensemble, and Paul Neubauer among others. Her compositions have been featured at the Aspen, Norfolk, Cultivate, American Composers, Chelsea, New York Electroacoustic Music, June in Buffalo, and Darmstadt New Music festivals, as well as the 52nd Venice Biennale. Liliya has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, Yale University, and the Woodruff Foundation; in 2019, she was a finalist for the Rome Prize. In addition, Liliya was a prizewinner of many international composition and piano competitions in the USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Russia. One of her passions as a pianist is to promote the music of repressed Soviet composers in her concert series Silenced Voices, for which she received guidance from Boris Berman. As a composer Liliya finds most of her inspiration from her experiences as a mother and immigrant.

Originally from Uzbekistan, Liliya Ugay holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and is currently an Assistant Professor of Composition at the Florida State University College of Music. Her primary mentors include Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, and David Lang.