Composer Alla Borzova (b. 1961) rapidly gained prominence in the West after arriving in the USA in 1993 from Minsk, Belarus. When honoring her with its prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters hailed her as a “force on the American musical scene.” Borzova’s highly imaginative music combines lyricism and “mischief” (The New Yorker), classically balanced form and refined contemporary technique. Two-time winner of the All-Union Composition Contest before her arrival to the USA, the First Prize winner of the Delius Composition Contest, the recipient of the Susan Rose Recording Award, she has also received awards from ASCAP, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, NYFA, Trust for Mutual Understanding, U.S. Artists International, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center. Borzova has been awarded residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, USA, and at Brahmshaus in Baden-Baden, Germany. She served as a panelist for the NYSCA. Borzova’s music has been presented by the Aspen, Cabrillo, Delius, and Sonic Boom music festivals in the U.S and as well as a number of major music festivals in Russia and Belarus, such as Moscow Musical Autumn (Moscow), Sound Ways (St. Petersburg) and Belarusian Musical Autumn (Minsk). Her music has also been commissioned and presented by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Guggenheim Museum, Cutting Edge concert series, Da Capo Chamber Players, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Cassatt String Quartet, Dale Warland Singers, New Amsterdam Singers, The New York Concert Singers, Gregg Smith Singers, National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus, Symphony Orchestra and choirs of Belarusian Radio and Television and several distinguished individual performers.
Borzova was born in Minsk, Belarus. She holds DMA in composition from Moscow State Conservatory, where she studied composition with Alexander Pirumov. In the USA, she has pursued additional doctoral studies with David Del Tredici at CUNY Graduate School. Formerly Professor of Composition at the Special Music School at the Belarusian Academy of Music in Minsk, Borzova taught at Hunter and Lehman Colleges of the City University of New York, and, in addition to composing, maintains an active career as a pianist, conductor, and organist.