LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in 1978 in Moscow, Russia, and moved to New York with his parents, composer Alexander Zhurbin and writer Irena Ginzburg, in 1990. He divides his time between performing as a violist in diverse groups ranging from his own, Ljova and the Kontraband, to string quartets, jazz combos and Gypsy bands; studying and arranging music for Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, Jay-Z, Gustavo Santaolalla, Osvaldo Golijov, Alondra de la Parra and others; and composing original music for film, TV, dance, and the concert stage. He is the author of more than 70 compositions for classical, jazz, and folk ensembles, as well as scores to four feature films and over a dozen short films. He was one of six composers invited to participate in the Sundance Institute's 2005 Film Composers Lab. His music has been licensed by HBO, PBS, BBC, CNBC, and NHK networks, among many other independent companies. Ljova was guest faculty at The Banff Centre in Canada, focusing equally on composition, arranging, and viola performance, and has also given presentations on Film Music at New York University. With his main performing ensemble, Ljova and the Kontraband , he has appeared at New York's Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (as part of the Sundance Film Festival), New York's Museum of Modern Art, Joe's Pub and other venues. The Ensemble released its acclaimed debut CD, Mnemosyne, in 2008, and Ljova released his acclaimed solo debut recording, Vjola: World on Four Strings, in 2006. Ljova is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a pupil of Samuel Rhodes. He lives in New York City with his wife, vocalist and attorney Inna Barmash, and their sons, Benjamin and Yosif.
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