This is the first of a new series on Making Notes that will shine a spotlight on projects in which Dorico has played a part. If you have used Dorico for something interesting and would like to be featured in this series, please let me know.
Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin is a violist and composer of some renown. Having been born and spent his formative years in his native Moscow, he moved with his parents to the United States in 1990 at the age of 11. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree – his father is the prominent composer for Russian film and musical theatre, Alexander Zhurbin, and his mother is poet, writer and journalist Irena Ginzberg – and he started his studies on the violin at the age of four. Showing great promise through his childhood, he graduated from The Juilliard School of Music in New York, and has since forged a very successful career as both composer and performer, with dozens of works for the concert hall, the stage, and the screen.
Ljova’s latest composition, his Clarinet Quintet, was premiered in San DIego, California last week, and it was his first work completed in Dorico. I caught up with Ljova to find out more about the work, and about his experience of putting it together in Dorico.