Alla Borzova

 Alla Borzova

Composer Alla Borzova rapidly gained prominence in the West after arriving in the U. S. in 1993 from Minsk, Belarus. When honoring her with its prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters hailed her as a “force on the American musical scene.” Ms. Borzova’s highly imaginative music combines lyricism and “mischief” (The New Yorker), classically balanced form and refined contemporary technique. Two-time winner of the All-Union Composition Contest before her arrival to the U.S., the First Prize winner of the Delius Composition Contest, the recipient of the Susan Rose Recording Award, she has also received awards from ASCAP, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, NYFA, Trust for Mutual Understanding, U.S. Artists International, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center. Ms. Borzova has been awarded residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, USA, and at Brahmshaus in Baden-Baden, Germany. She served as a panelist for the NYSCA. Ms. Borzova’s music has been presented by the Aspen, Cabrillo, Delius, and Sonic Boom music festivals in the U.S and as well as a number of major music festivals in Russia and Belarus, such as Moscow Musical Autumn (Moscow), Sound Ways (St. Pertersburg) and Belarusian Musical Autumn (Minsk). Her music has also been commissioned and presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Guggenheim Museum, Cutting Edge concert series, Da Capo Chamber Players, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Cassatt String Quartet, Dale Warland Singers, New Amsterdam Singers, The New York Concert Singers, Gregg Smith Singers, National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus, Symphony Orchestra and choirs of Belarusian Radio and Television and several distinguished individual performers.

Among recent premieres is the first complete performance in January of 2009 of the 40-minute cantata Songs for Lada by the Michigan State University Children Chorus and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin’s direction. To The New World was premiered 2007 in Minsk by the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus under Alexander Anissimov’s direction and received its U.S. premiere on August 10, 2008, at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, under the baton of Marin Alsop. In September of 2009 Maestro Slatkin and the orchestra performed To The New World. Both the cantata and To The New World were recorded live and will be released on Naxos in summer of 2010. Merry Hour, Seven Songs to the poems by Mikhail Lermontov, was premiered in February of 2008 at Merkin Hall in New York City by tenor Steven Ebel and the Naumburg Award winning ensemble Da Capo Chamber Players under the composer’s direction. Gulliver’s Travels: A Voyage to Laputa for piano solo, was commissioned by Susan Rose through Meet the Composer’s New Music/New Donors program and premiered in Savannah, Georgia, by Russian-American pianist Vassily Primakov. Alla Borzova’s compact disk “Pinsk & Blue,” recorded by the Da Capo Chamber Players and the distinguished American soloists has been released by Albany Records in May of 2007. The upcoming New York City performances in the spring of 2010 include The Ballad of Barnaby by Central City Chorus in New York City and Fairy Tale Pictures by pianist Max Lifchitz (presented by North-South Consonance).

Alla Borzova was born in Minsk, Belarus. She holds D.M.A in composition from Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky, where she studied composition with Alexander Pirumov. In the U.S., she has pursued additional doctoral studies with David Del Tredici at CUNY Graduate School. Formerly Professor of Composition at the Special Music School at the Belarusian Academy of Music in Minsk, Dr. Borzova taught at Hunter and Lehman Colleges of the City University of New York, and, in addition to composing, maintains an active career as a pianist, conductor, and organist.