Garifzyanova, Elvira (b. August 31, 1976, Nizhnekamsk, Tatarstan). Russian composer, now resident in Germany, of mostly chamber, choral and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe.
Ms. Garifzyanova studied composition with Aleksandr Rudenko and piano with Irina Dubinina at the State Conservatory of Music in Kazan from 1995–2001, where she graduated with honors in both subjects and where she had post-graduate studies in composition with Aleksandr Rudenko and piano with Irina Dubinina in 2001–02. She then studied composition with Gerhard Müller-Hornbach at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main from 2002–06, where she earned a composition degree with distinction. She has studied composition with Isabel Mundry, conducting with Marc Kissóczy and electronic music with Gerald Bennett at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zürich since 2005. She has also studied musicology with Peter Ackermann at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main since 2005, where she is working on her doctorate. In addition, she attended Darmstadt in 2004, 2006 and 2008, on a scholarship for the third visit.
Her honors include a prize in a young composers competition in Kazan (1990), a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst-Stipendium (2002–03, a grant to study in Frankfurt am Main), Third Prize in the competition of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2004, for In Infinitum), and scholarships from the Peter Fulds-Stiftung in Frankfurt am Main (2004–05) and the Mozart-Stiftung in Frankfurt am Main (2006). Among her recent honors are First Prize in the organ-composition competition of the Catedral del Buen Pastor de Donostia in San Sebastián, Spain (2007, for Verily...), a performance prize in the competition of the ensemble für neue musik zürich (2007, for In Infinitum) and scholarships from the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel (2008) and the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2008).
She has lived in Germany since 2002.
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SELECT LIST OF WORKS
ORCHESTRAL: Symphony, piano, string orchestra, 2000–01; Zeremoniell aus Succession, orchestra (11 winds, 4 French horns, 3 trombones, piano, timpani [+ percussion], 2 percussion, strings), 2006–07; Lichtflecken-III, large orchestra, 2007–08
CHAMBER MUSIC: Quartet, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1999; In Infinitum, clarinet, cello, piano, 2003; Sechs Freskos, flute (+ piccolo), oboe (+ English horn)/clarinet (+ E-flat clarinet), bass clarinet/bassoon, 2004–05; Zahlenspiel, 5 percussion, 2005–06; Phoenix, flute, clarinet, bassoon, 2006; Lichtflecken, piccolo trumpet, accordion, 2007; Seven moments, contrabass recorder/grossbass recorder (by Joachim Paetzold) (+ Garkleinflötlein recorder, sopranino recorder, soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, bass recorder), double bass, accordion, 2007; Lichtflecken-II, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2007
CHORAL: Suchet mein Angesicht (eine kleine Kantate, text from the Book of Psalms), countertenor, 2 tenors, baritone, 3 mixed choruses (4 voices each) (any voice + tam-tam), 3 trombones, 2006–07 (tam-tam may be performed by a percussionist)
VOCAL: Hört ihr mich, ich bin Johanna (5 episodes from Johanna's life, text by Friedrich Schiller), soprano, piano, 2006 (each of its sections may be performed separately: Erscheinung; Abschied; Johanna zu Johanna; Interludium; Gebet)
PIANO: Three Pieces, 1995; Sonatina, 1996; Polyphonic Mosaic (cycle), 1998 (each of its six sections may be performed separately: Dialogen; Fuga; Choral; Humoreske; Meditation; Tokkata)
ORGAN: Verily..., 2002–06
ARRANGEMENT: Winde Blasen... (cycle of Tatar folksongs), 6 mixed voices, 1999
(Last updated on June 2, 2008)