Gity Razaz

Featured Performances include the recording and performance of the song cycle “Valley of Not-Knowing”,  and a new orchestra NS commissioned work for 1B1.
Featured Dates: February 2016 and NS commission for 1B1, May 2016.

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 sonic landscapes. Ms. Razaz’s music has been commissioned and performed by Moirae Ensemble, VisionIntoArt, Metropolis Ensemble, National Ballet School of Canada, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Music from Copland House, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, Plurimo ensemble and Agimus Venezia, former cellist of Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler, New York Choreographic Institute, American Festival for the Arts, cellist Inbal Segev, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and Sirius String Quartet among others.

Her compositions have earned numerous national and international awards, such as 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, and the League of Composers (ISCM).

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.

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.