Chicago-based composer Mischa Zupko writes music that is emotionally charged, viscerally engaging and continually seeks to involve participation on a variety of levels. Having collaborated with a number of today’s most exciting performers, he has created a body of work that is intensely virtuosic and speaks with clarity of vision. The New York Times declared Zupko’s Five Etudes for Piano as “…Liszt-like in their florid generosity”. His orchestral music has also been praised by the L.A. times as “Engaging” and by the Orange County Register as “powerful, rhythmic and declamatory”.
Mr. Zupko’s honors include first place in the Pacific Symphony Orchestra’s ‘AMERICAN COMPOSER’S COMPETITION’, the Lee Ettelson Composers Award from Composers Inc., co-winner of the USA International Harp Competition Composition Contest, three ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards one of which was the first place Kaplan Award, the ‘First Music’ award from the New York Youth Symphony, the Ruth and Emil Beyer award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, awards from the Bloomington Chapter of the National Society of Arts & Letters, the Jacob Druckman prize from the Aspen Music Festival, a CAP grant from the American Music Center, Dean’s Prizes from Indiana University and finalist in the Rome Prize Competition. In addition, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, a work published by Peters Editions and comprised of 12 variations on Bach’s Goldberg aria composed by 12 different composers of which Zupko’s Ghost Variation is one, was selected by the International Piano Awards as the 2007 winner in the Best Sheet Music New Work Category.