Olga Rayeva, composer

Olga Rayeva











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Olga Rayeva was born in 1971 in Moscow.


From 1989 to 1994 she studied at the National Tchaikovsky

Conservatory Moscow with Professor E. Denissov and Professor W.

Tarnopolski (Composition), Professor N. Korndorf (Score) and

Professor Dr. Yuri Kholopow (Music Theory) and from 1994 to 1996

completed her doctorate.


In the early 1990s Olga Rajewa's works already began being performed

in public (at the "Moscow Autumn" Festival in 1991 and at the

International Festival "Moscow-Modern" in 1992) and noted by critics

to "have left a deep  impression. " The composer herself was said to

have an "impressive individuality" and to be "one of the most

talented Russian artists of the generation."


Her compositions have since been performed at numerous prominent

festivals across Europe ("Gaudeamus Music Week," "Zagreb Biennale,"

"Dresdner Tage für zeitgenössische Musik," "Musikprotokoll,"

"Klangspuren", “Wittener Tage für neue Musik”) as well as in USA, Canada, Brazil and Korea.


Several pieces have been interpreted by the Arditti-Quartette, the

Ensemble Recherche, the Ensemble Moder, the Klangforum Wien, the Schönberg-Ensemble and  other well-known ensembles.


She has received scholarships (from the Russian Culture Department,

from the DAAD, from the Berlin Senate, from German Academy Rome, from Villa Aurora in Los-Angeles) and the following Prizes:


• First Prize at the “Goffredo-Petrassi” competition for orchestral

pieces in Parma (Italy 1997);

• Prize of the International Composer Workshops "Forum '98" in


• Prize of the Hitzacker International Music Days 2002, as well as

• the "Bernd-Alois-Zimmerman" Prize of Cologne in 2002.

• Berlin-Rheinberg Composition Prize (2016)


Olga Rajewa is a member of the Russian Association of Composers and of Russia's Association of Contemporary Music.