Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Vera Ivanova teaches at Chapman University (Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory and Composition Department). She graduated from Moscow Conservatory (BM and MM), Guildhall School in London (MM), and Eastman School (Ph.D.) with degrees in music composition. Her compositions have been performed worldwide and received many national and international awards.

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Upcoming Performances

February 12th, 2015 - 8:00pm
Mbira (In Cage with Adams) (2012) - Mark Robson
"Acclaimed Los Angeles pianist Mark Robson gives a guest piano recital presenting the music of well-known living composers Mark-Anthony Turnage, Augusta Read Thomas, Philippe Bodin and Beat Furrer, along with the music by local SoCal composers Daniel Rothman, Nick Norton, Mark Robson, and Chapman University’s music composition faculty Sean Heim and Vera Ivanova.
March 6th, 2015
- Composer Presentation: Vera Ivanova, Chapman University: Discovering Non-Western and Western Instrumental Combinations in my Composition for Violin and Bass Koto “Surface Tension”
April 15th, 2015 - 8:00pm
The Laughing Man Alphabet, duet (2013-14) - Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
The Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) returns to Chapman University for a program which includes works by some of the most innovative contemporary American and European composers. Founded in 1990, the ensemble focuses on promoting 20th and 21st century music, and is considered Russia’s foremost contemporary chamber ensemble. Works by David Lang, George Crumb, Salvatore Sciarrino, Franck Bedrossian, Francesco Filidei, Philippe Leroux, and Chapman University’s music composition faculty will be performed.
June 2nd, 2015 - 8:00pm
Three Studies in Uneven Meters, etudes for piano (2011) - Steven Vanhauwaert
No. 3 (Scriabinesque)
Redcat (Los Angeles)
This concert is a part of Piano Spheres Satellite concert series.

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January 23rd, 2015 - 11:00am

Presentation at Composition in Asia Festival and Symposium at University of South Florida

Just gave a presentation at the Composition in Asia Festival and Symposium at University of South Florida, titled Discovering Non-Western and Western Instrumental Combinations in my Composition for Violin and Bass Koto “Surface Tension”. It was great to present to such an interesting crowd of colleagues, students, and to see so many familiar from my Eastman days faces!
July 7th, 2014

Atlantic Music Festival

I was selected to be one of the two Composition Fellows to be in residence at the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine. I will give a seminar to AMF composition students and receive performances of the two of my works!

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'...Solo violin also features in VERA IVANOVA's tremendous QUIET LIGHT: an abstract, searching evocation of light as it penetrates the dome of an ancient church.'

Ablaze Records, CD liner notes to Millennial Masters, Vol. 2

'...humanistic and deeply felt works... they manage to express aspects of the human experience through an artistic medium that is not often associated with such deeply felt emotions...'

John Bilotta (Society of Composers, Inc.)

'...our five finalists are probably the best young composers working anywhere in the world today!'

Dr. Paul Mealor (on the finalists for the 2005 Aberdeen Music Prize, including Ivanova)


Aftertouch, for Piano (2005)
This title Aftertouch implies the composer’s intent to make the listener pay attention to the life and death of each sound with regard to the variety in attacks and decays.

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Aura, for clarinet solo (2011)
Greek in origin, the word "Aura" has multiple meanings, which stand for "air; atmosphere; sensation..." These meanings are interpreted in the piece through the use of extended techniques.

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