Recently hailed as “ravishing and engulfing” by the New York Times, 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 soundscapes. Gity's music has been commissioned and performed by the renowned Italian Plurimo ensemble and Agimus Venezia, the New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, The Amsterdam Cello Biennale, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, The Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, The Sirius String Quartet (sponsored by the American Composers Orchestra), and Arte Symphonie among others.
In 2009, Gity's composition for symphony orchestra, “In the Midst of Flux”, won the Libby Larsen Prize in 28th International Alliance for Women in Music Search for New Music Competition, the 2009 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, the annual Juilliard Composers' Orchestra Competition, and an honorable mention from the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. Her compositions have earned numerous national and international awards and recognition, namely from ASCAP in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, The Palmer Dixon Award for the Outstanding Composition of the Year in 2010 and 2012, the Brian Israel Composition Prize in 2007 and 2008, and the Margaret Blackburn Memorial Composition Competition in 2007. Gity is a two-time candidate for the highly prestigious Charles Ives Scholarship awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In 2011-2012 Season, Gity was the host and curator for the radio show “Cued-Up” on WQXR's Q2, New York City's Classical Contemporary Music Station. Her upcoming projects include a Work for chamber ensemble and narrator commissioned by the American Festival of Arts, a fantasy for cellist Paul Dwyer, as well as a work for harp, flute, and soprano commissioned by the Moirae Ensemble.
Aside from her ongoing engagements in composition, Gity 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 Gity joined the faculty board of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she teaches music theory.
Gity started her musical studies in piano performance at age seven in Tehran, Iran and began composing at age nine. Her formal training in composition started when she moved to Houston, Texas. Gity attended the University of Houston, double-majoring in Pre-Medicine and Music Composition with a minor in Piano Performance. After completing two years of Pre-Med, She transferred to The Juilliard School to focus on her music studies. Gity received her Bachelor and Master of Music in composition from The Juilliard School where she studied with Robert Beaser, Samuel Adler and John Corigliano. Aside from writing music and teaching, Gity enjoys free style writing and painting.
- April 23, 2013 - Miniatures for Solo Cello
- December 19, 2012 - Miniatures for Solo Cello
- June 17, 2012 - Apparition for Harp, Flute and Clarinet
Listen to Radio Shows by Gity
- Cued Up - Primal Counterpoint
- Hammered! Double Hearing: Recycling Piano Repretoire
- Cued Up - San Francisco/Boston Treats