Alla Pavlova


United States of America



Alla Pavlova was born in Ukraine. As a girl she lived in Vinnitsa city, then moved with her Russian-born parents to Moscow in 1961. In 1975 she received her Bachelor’s Degree at the Ippolitov–Ivanov Music Institute. In 1983 she received her Master’s Degree at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. From 1983 to 1986 she lived in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, where she worked for the Union of Bulgarian composers and the Bulgarian National Opera. From 1986 to 1989 she was in Moscow, working for the Russian Musical Society Board. During that period more than 100 of her articles appeared in Russian and Bulgarian publications.

Alla Pavlova has written a number of compositions for orchestra, including eleven symphonies and the ballet Sulamith (2003–2005), based on the 1908 story by Russian writer Alexandre Kuprin about the love of King Solomon for Sulamith, a servant from his vineyard. She is also the composer of numerous instrumental and vocal works that have been performed in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Ensembles that have performed and recorded her work include the Moscow Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, International Symphony Orchestra "Globalis", Melbourne Musicians Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, West Virginia University Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony, Kostroma Symphony, Russian Philharmonia, String Orchestra of the Rockies (University of Montana), Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Richmond County Orchestra, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic, North/South Consonance, and more.

Soloists who have performed her music include violinists Sergei Krylov, Yury Revich, and Ivana Tomaskova, Michail Shestakov and Yaroslav Krasnikov, pianists Andrei Korobeinikov, Rostislav Krimer and Leonid Mararevich, saxophonists Aleksey Volkov and Michail Poroshin, trumpeter Georgy Pleskach, Bolshoi Theatre soprano Elena Zimenkova and mezzo Svetlana Belokon and flutists Leonid Lebedev and Nikolay Lotakov, and more outstanding performers. Her works have been led by conductors that have included Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Vedernikov, Konstantin Krimets, Vladimir Ziva, Rossen Milanov, Tomomi Nishimoto, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Vladimir Lande and Pavel Gershtein.

She has also worked with the Irish National Youth Ballet, which produced The Princess Iolanthe (2015), based on the same libretto as Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta, and has recently completed music for the ballet Thumbelina, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.

Her works combine classical, romantic and contemporary styles, and sometimes include elements from gospel and popular genres.

Since 1990 Alla has lived in New York and is a member of New York Women Composers, Inc., and a member of ASCAP. During the years 1995–2000 Alla worked as a piano instructor at 92 Y School of Music in NYC.

Recordings of her work are available on the Naxos and Albany labels. Her music is regularly broadcast internationally and can be heard on such outlets as the BBC, Houston Public Media, Spotify, iTunes, WWFM in Albany, NY, Marvin Rosen's Classical Discoveries on WPRB in Princeton, NJ and Composers Voice podcast. Her website is at

Updated July 2021



What does music mean to you personally?

Music - is my Life

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

Music is much more than our fantasy. Music is Divine Substance.

If you were not a professional musician, what would you have been?

My greatest dream as a child was to be a ballerina

The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about the future?

I do not worry about classical music audience. As a % is probably about the same as a century ago …

What do you envision the role of music to be in the 21st century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?

The role of music is mostly the same - to give an inspiration . The World is different …

Do you think that the musician today needs to be more creative? What is the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

Creativity is the tool of existence. Even animals have this gift or bank robbers…Creativity can’t help to become great writer, artist or composer. People talk about that too much …

Do you think we as musicians can do something to attract the younger generation to music concerts? How would you do this?

Younger generation suppose to be our priority. Today movie directors do not need beautiful music. But this is one real way to influence

Tell us about your creative process. What is your favorite piece (written by you) and how did you start working on it?

My creative process is simple : Music comes, I write it down on paper. Later play it and correct a little bit. I probably do not have my favorite piece. I hope it is in future.

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

The only advice for young people - to start to listen classical music.

Do you think about the audience when composing?

I do not think about the audience when I compose because I do not compose commercial music for specific projects