Hailed by the New York Times as “ravishing and engulfing,” Gity Razaz’s music ranges from concert solo pieces to large symphonic works. With intense melodies and inventive harmonic languages, Gity’s compositions are often dramatically charged. As described by John Corigliano: “…her Middle Eastern roots have merged with her Western sensibilities to produce music that is both original and startling. She is on her way to becoming a major force in contemporary music.” Gity is an active collaborator involved in projects across disciplines from opera and modern ballet to electro-acoustic sonic landscapes.
Ms. Razaz’s music has been commissioned and performed by Washington National Opera, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, National Sawdust, National Ballet School of Canada, Ballet Moscow, Chautauqua Opera Company, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Albany Symphony Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, American Composers Orchestra, former cellist of the Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian string ensemble 1B1, New York Virtuoso Singers, Metropolis Ensemble, VisionIntoArt, New York Choreographic Institute, American Festival for the Arts, cellist Inbal Segev and classical guitarists Duo Noire, among many others.
Her compositions have earned numerous national and international awards, such as the 2019 Andrew Imbrie Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters that is “is given to a composer of demonstrated artistic merit in mid-career”, the Jerome Foundation award, the Libby Larsen Prize in 28th International Search for New Music Competition, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Composer Institute, Juilliard Composers’ Orchestra Competition, three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer awards, ASCAP Plus Award, Juilliard’s Palmer Dixon Award for the outstanding composition of the year in 2010 and 2012, as well as special recognition from the Brian Israel Composition Prize, Margaret Blackburn Memorial Competition, the League of Composers (ISCM), to name a few. In 2016, Ms. Razaz was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, but had to decline in order to pursue other career opportunities.
Recent projects have included an opera commission from the Washington National Opera, “The Kreutzer Sonata” a 60-minute original score for Ballet Moscow based on Tolstoy’s novella of the same title, a work for classical guitar duo commissioned by Duo Noire for their album “Night Triptych,” as well as commissions and a composer-in-residence position at Chautauqua Opera Company. Upcoming Projects include a solo guitar commission, a piece for Del Sol String Quartet, as well as an extended multi-media piece for violin and electronics.
Aside from her ongoing engagements in composition, Ms. Razaz is also active as a teacher and an educator. She has appeared as a guest artist presenting master classes across the nation, while teaching piano, composition and music theory privately in New York. Ms. Razaz joined the faculty of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she taught music theory and ear training in 2012-2013, and served on the advisory committee for the American Federation of Teachers Graduate Scholarship. Ms. Razaz is a composition teacher and mentor for the Luna Composition Lab, a program founded in partnership with the Kaufman Music Center with the intention to encourage self-identifying girls and young women to compose. She is also a teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Program.
Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz started her musical studies in piano at a young age and began composing music 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.