Liliya Ugay, a Columbus State University Schwob School of Music freshman studying piano, won first place in the Young Artist category of the 2010-11 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition.
Ugay is the second CSU student to win this title in the 19-26-year-old division. Michael Sumuel, now with the Houston Grand Opera, won the vocal competition in 2007. Also, in 2007, violinist Boris Abramov and clarinetist Andy Hudson won their competitions in the 15-18-year-old division.
Ugay's compostion, "Slipping Dreams," is written for nine instruments -- flute, clarinet, bassoon, percussion, piano, two violins, cello and double bass. She wrote it in memory of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.
Ugay won $3,000 and the opportunity to perform the piece on March 29 at the MTNA national conference in Milwaukee.
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She grew up in Uzbekistan, and started taking piano lessons as a child. As she got older, she started taking composition lessons. She won her first composition competition when she was 14 in her hometown of Tashkent.
"In my country, the music school where I studied was extremely strong, but the college-level education there limits, rather than develops, your professional skills," Ugay said in a release. "I was interested in continuing my studies in America and needed a full scholarship to attend."
After speaking to a friend who attended CSU, she applied for the Woodruff Scholarship, which includes a stipend, tuition and other related expenses for Schwob School undergraduates.
Ugay loves living in Columbus, and feels fortunate to study with professors Fred Cohen, who teaches composition, and Alex Kobrin, who teaches piano.
Jack Meisburg, a bassist, and Sara Renner, an oboist, also competed in the MTNA.