Described as “particularly evocative,” “fluid and theatrical… the music [that] makes its case with immediacy” (The Arts Fuse) as well as both “assertive and steely,” and “lovely, subtle writing” (Wall Street Journal) the music by composer and pianist Liliya Ugay has been performed in many countries around the globe. Ugay has collaborated with the Nashville Symphony, Albany Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, New England Philharmonic, Yale Philharmonia, Raleigh Civic Symphony, Norfolk Festival Choir, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Molinari Quartet, Antico Moderno, Omnibus ensemble, and Paul Neubauer among others. Her music has been featured at the Aspen, Norfolk, Cultivate, American Composers, Chelsea, New York Electroacoustic Music, June in Buffalo, and Darmstadt New Music festivals, as well as the 52nd Venice Biennale. Liliya has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, Yale University, and the Woodruff Foundation; most recently, she was a finalist for the 2019 Rome Prize. In addition, Liliya was a prizewinner of many international composition and piano competitions in the USA, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Russia.
One of her passions as a pianist is to promote the music of repressed Soviet composers in her concert series Silenced Voices, for which she received guidance from Boris Berman. Originally from Uzbekistan, Liliya is currently a composer-in-residence at the American Lyric Theater working on a full-length opera with Julian Crouch, and at the Washington National Opera working on a one-act opera with Sokunthary Svay. Simultaneously, she is a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music; her primary mentor is Aaron Jay Kernis. Liliya was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor of Composition at Florida State University. Aside from composing and performing, Liliya dedicates her time to her family; in 2018 she became a mother.