Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Vera Ivanova teaches at Chapman University (Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory and Composition Department). She graduated from Moscow Conservatory (BM and MM), Guildhall School in London (MM), and Eastman School (Ph.D.) with degrees in music composition. Her compositions have been performed worldwide and received many national and international awards.

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Upcoming Performances

March 19th, 2018 - 7:30pm
Sagittarius, mixed quintet (2015) - earplay ensemble
Taube Atrium Theater (San Francisco)
March 21st, 2018 - 7:30pm
Mbira (In Cage with Adams) (2012) - Aron Kallay
Aron Kallay's recital, featuring selections from his "Beyond 12" series of commissioned pieces for retuned and remapped keyboards, is a part of "Soundwaves New Music at the Santa Monica Public Library"series. Free admission.

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February 2nd, 2016

New works composed at Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts

I was lucky to be selected for a residency at the http://www.khncenterforthearts.org/ in January 2016, where I composed two new pieces: "Time is" for SSA choir and piano for Colburn Concert Choir and "Skyward" for Qudi, Sheng, Guzeng and Erhu for Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (both works are listed here in "Works" tab). I also edited my piece for bass violin and koto "Surface Tension" and created a new version for viola and bass koto.
August 4th, 2015

The UCROSS Foundation Residency

I was selected for the residency at the UCROSS Foundation, where I will be working on two compositions scheduled for premieres in November 2015 on Saint Petersburg's 26th Soundways Festival and the 37th Moscow Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music.

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'...Solo violin also features in VERA IVANOVA's tremendous QUIET LIGHT: an abstract, searching evocation of light as it penetrates the dome of an ancient church.'

Ablaze Records, CD liner notes to Millennial Masters, Vol. 2

'...humanistic and deeply felt works... they manage to express aspects of the human experience through an artistic medium that is not often associated with such deeply felt emotions...'

John Bilotta (Society of Composers, Inc.)

'...our five finalists are probably the best young composers working anywhere in the world today!'

Dr. Paul Mealor (on the finalists for the 2005 Aberdeen Music Prize, including Ivanova)


Aftertouch, for Piano (2005)
This title Aftertouch implies the composer’s intent to make the listener pay attention to the life and death of each sound with regard to the variety in attacks and decays.

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Aura, for clarinet solo (2011)
Greek in origin, the word "Aura" has multiple meanings, which stand for "air; atmosphere; sensation..." These meanings are interpreted in the piece through the use of extended techniques.

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