Alla Pavlova

Biography

Alla Pavlova was born in Ukraine. As a girl she lived in Vinnitsa city, then moved with her Russian-born parents to Moscow in 1961. In 1975 she received her Bachelor’s Degree at the Ippolitov–Ivanov Music Institute. In 1983 she received her Master’s Degree at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. From 1983 to 1986 she lived in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, where she worked for the Union of Bulgarian composers and the Bulgarian National Opera. From 1986 to 1989 she was in Moscow, working for the Russian Musical Society Board. During that period more than 100 of her articles appeared in Russian and Bulgarian publications.

Alla Pavlova has written a number of compositions for orchestra, including eleven symphonies and the ballet Sulamith (2003–2005), based on the 1908 story by Russian writer Alexandre Kuprin about the love of King Solomon for Sulamith, a servant from his vineyard. She is also the composer of numerous instrumental and vocal works that have been performed in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Ensembles that have performed and recorded her work include the Moscow Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, International Symphony Orchestra "Globalis", Melbourne Musicians Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, West Virginia University Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony, Kostroma Symphony, Russian Philharmonia, String Orchestra of the Rockies (University of Montana), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Richmond County Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic, North/South Consonance, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Soloists who have performed her music include violinists Sergei Krylov, Yury Revich, and Ivana Tomaskova, Michail Shestakov, Yaroslav Krasnikov, and Maria Lindsay, pianists Andrei Korobeinikov, Rostislav Krimer and Leonid Mararevich, saxophonists Aleksey Volkov and Michail Poroshin, trumpeter Georgy Pleskach, Bolshoi Theatre soprano Elena Zimenkova and mezzo Svetlana Belokon and flutists Leonid Lebedev and Nikolay Lotakov, and more outstanding performers. Her works have been led by conductors that have included Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Vedernikov, Konstantin Krimets, Vladimir Ziva, Rossen Milanov, Tomomi Nishimoto, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Vladimir Lande, Pavel Gershtein, Sarah Penicka-Smith, Frank Pam, David Tang, and Max Lifchitz.

She has also worked with the Irish National Youth Ballet, which produced The Princess Iolanthe (2015), based on the same libretto as Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta, and has recently completed music for the ballet Thumbelina, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.

Her works combine classical, romantic and contemporary styles, and sometimes include elements from gospel and popular genres.

Since 1990 Alla has lived in New York and is a member of New York Women Composers, Inc., and a member of ASCAP. During the years 1995–2000 Alla worked as a piano instructor at 92 Y School of Music in NYC.

Recordings of her work are available on the Naxos and Albany labels. Her music is regularly broadcast internationally and can be heard on such outlets as the BBC, ABC, Classic Australia, WDR Germany, Sveriges Radio Seden, Access Radio New Zealand, Radio UNAM Mexico City, 3MBS Radio Australia, Spotify, and the following domestic radio stations: WRTI, WKAR, WBJC, WFMT, WBAA, WICR, WXXI, WGUC, Classical 2r4, WRFL, WDAV, WRTI, KUZU, KMFI, KGNU, CPR, WQED, WQXR, and Classical 24.

ACE Publications

10 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Alla Pavlova Adagio for Violin and Piano violin, piano
Alla Pavlova Autumn in New York for Violin and String Orchestra violin, string orchestra
Alla Pavlova Autumn in New York for Violin and Piano violin, piano
Alla Pavlova Concertino violin, piano, string orchestra
Alla Pavlova Five Pieces for Piano piano
Alla Pavlova Miss Me... But Let Me Go Female Voice and Piano
Alla Pavlova Six Pieces for Violin and Piano violin, piano
Alla Pavlova Symphony No. 10 "Path to Golden Gate" Piano, Bass-drum, Timpani, String Orchestra
Alla Pavlova The Ferry to My Dream trumpet in Bb, alto saxophone, piano
Alla Pavlova The Old New York Nostalgia Suite string orchestra, piano, percussion, winds

Additional Works