» Dr. Vera Ivanova
Assistant Professor

College of Performing Arts
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Vera Ivanova
Office Location:
Oliphant Hall 203
Phone:
(714) 997-6679
Email:
Website:
http://www.veraivanova.com
Education
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Master of Music
University of Rochester, Ph.D.
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Biography

Vera Ivanova's compositions have been described as "...humanistic and deeply felt works... " (John Bilotta, Society of Composers, Inc.). In her early Fantasy-Toccata (2003) for violin and piano, "the humor takes on a harder, sardonic edge recalling the composer's roots in the work of Shostakovich and Schnittke" (Ted Ayala, Crescenta Valley Weekly). In her later Three Studies in Uneven Meters for piano (2011), "the greatest power of her brief, angular, crystalline music lies in its power to provoke the gods of symmetry" (Laurence Vittes, Lark Gallery Online Blog).

Dr. Ivanova is a recipient of the Sproull Fellowship at Eastman, the Gwyn Ellis Bequest Scholarship at Guildhall School, Moscow Culture Committee and American Composers Forum Subito grants, Honourable mention at the 28th Bourges Electro-Acoustic Competition, 3rd Prize at the 8th International Mozart Competition, 1st Prize in Category "A" at International Contest of Acousmatic Compositions Métamorphoses 2004 (Belgium), the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize at the 8th International Piano Competition at Orléans (France), Special Award from Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and she is a winner of the 2013 Athena Festival Chamber Competition.

Ms. Ivanova was commissioned by London Song Festival and Staunton Music Festival; her music was performed at the Moscow Autumn Festival (Russia), Figures du Siècle Festival (France), Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival (Indonesia), International Electroacoustic Music Festival at Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music (Italy), New Music Miami Festival, New Music Festival at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (U.K.), Florida State University Festival of New Music, Cortona Contemporary Music Festival (Italy), 11th International Acousmatic Festival "The Space of Sound" (Belgium), ÉuCue XXIII, Concordia University and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community Festival (Montréal, Canada), Aspen Music Festival and Cal State Fullerton Annual New Music Festival. Her works have been performed in Russia, Europe and the U.S.A.

Her music is available in print from Universal Edition and Theodore Front Music Literature, Inc., SCI Journal of Music Scores (vol. 45), on CD's from Ablaze Records (Millennial Masters series, Vol. 2), Quartz Music, Ltd., PARMA Recordings (SCI CD series, No. 27), Musiques & Recherches (Métamorphoses 2004), Centaur Records (CRC 3056), and on her website at: www.veraivanova.com.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
In the summer of 2012 I was a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) mentor of Adam Borecki. See the description of the project here: http://advancedmusictheory.com/about/SURF
In 2011-12 I gave guest lectures (presenting my compositions) at California State University, Northridge, Department of Music (3/28/12, Northridge, CA), UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music (5/30/12, Los Angeles, CA), Sibelius Academy (11/24/11, Helsinki, Finland), Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (11/21/11, Moscow, Russia).
In 2011-2012 I created new compositions: • Three Studies in Uneven Meters for piano (2011) - revision of the second movement • Aura for clarinet (2012) • Mbira for piano (with optional re-tuning) (2012)
In May 2012 I received a Chapman University's Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant to record with the pianist Mikhail Korzhev (http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/music/faculty_Pages/korzhev.html) and release with PARMA recordings (www.parmarecordings.com) my "Three Studies in Uneven Meters" for piano.
April 18, 2012: New Music, New Voices concert, performance of "Kak u oblaka na krau" (Kristina Driskill and Tony Cho), "Four Drinking Songs" (Jonathan Mack and Tony Cho) at Salmon Recital Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA);
May 20, 2012: Synchromy/The Midnight Winds collaboration, performance of "Aura" for clarinet solo at the Lineage Performing Arts Center (Pasadena, CA);
June 23, 2012: 2012 Microfest Rad! Festival, performance of "Mbira" for digital piano by Aron Kallay at Beyond Baroque (Venice, CA);
August 25, 2012: 2012 Hear Now Festival, performance of "Quiet Light" at The First Lutheran Church (Venice, CA).
April 18, 2012: New Music, New Voices concert, performance of "Three Summer Songs" for SSAA choir by Women's University choir conducted by Angel Vazquez-Ramos, Salmon Recital Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA);
May 6, 2012: Chapman University Women's Choir conducted by Angel Vazquez-Ramos, performance of "Three Summer Songs" at Memorial Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA).