This Saturday, April 29, the YNYC Women’s Ensemble will perform ‘Story Time’, featuring stories of humor, fantasy, loss, and memory. This year, for the first time, the Women’s Ensemble will premiere YNYC’s Competition for Young Composers, an international search for submissions from composers aged 18-35. This year’s three finalists represent the best new music for Women’s Choir.
We are pleased to introduce you to our second of three finalists for YNYC’s Competition for Young Composers, Andrey Stolyarov! Here is Andrey’s Story:
Andrey Stolyarov is a Russian-born American composer, conductor, singer, and educator. Most recently, his work Out of the depths for mixed choir, treble choir, organ, and orchestra won the 2016 John Kuzma Young Composers Award. His piece Ebb & Flow won first prize at the 2014 ISAM Festival Joseph Dorfman International Composition Competition in Ochsenhausen, Germany. Additionally, Andrey was a finalist in the 2016 and 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould competitions, the 2014 Khorikos ensemble’s ORTUS competition, an honorable mention in the 2015 American Prize choral division, and a semifinalist in the 2015 American Prize chamber division. Andrey is currently pursuing doctoral studies in music composition at The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT. Andrey is Co-director of The Hartford New Music Festival, Director of Music at West Avon Congregational Church in Avon, CT, Artistic Director of NoteNova Publishing, and is a graduate music theory teaching fellow at The Hartt School. Previously, he was the director of the Composer’s Ensemble Chorus at The Hartt School, and Composer-in-Residence at The Unitarian Society of Hartford. He is an active professional singer, currently performing with CONCORA and the Hartford Chorale. Andrey is published under Darushkii Publishing and NoteNova Publishing.
What is your most treasured possession?
My wedding ring!
If you could do anything else besides composing, what would it be?
Before I began my undergraduate degree in music I wanted to pursue a degree in astronomy or astrophysics, so that would be it for me! Other options would be something to do with animals, or maybe something in politics.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Galileo Galilei – a brilliant mind, unrelenting skeptic, and a goliath in science. And the cherry on top – an accomplished musician!
Please join us at 6pm in the Recital Hall (upstairs) for a pre-concert talk back with our finalists and YNYC’s artistic leadership! The Q&A/Talk back is free with the purchase of your ticket! Concert will start at 7pm.