Photo portrait of Yevgeniy Sharlat

I am a Russian Jewish musician keeping it weird in Austin. As a composer, I am very interested in human communication through sound and movement. As a teacher, I strive to break down barriers.


Yevgeniy Sharlat has composed music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo, theater, dance, mechanical sculptures, animations, and film. He has written string quartets for Kronos, Aeolus, Aizuri and Amphion Quartets. Other chamber music has been played by the NOW Ensemble, Hub New Music, Seattle Chamber Players, Trio Séléné, Quodlibet Ensemble, Le Train Bleu, and many others. Orchestral music has been performed by Kremerata Baltica, Seattle Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Mikkeli City Orchestra (Finland), and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.

He was among the composers commissioned by the Kronos Quartet for its “Fifty for the Future” project. His RIPEFG appeared on Aizuri Quartet’s Grammy-nominated album "Blueprinting" and was hailed as “startlingly compelling” by the San Diego Union-Tribune. A piano quartet, commissioned by Astral Artistic Services, was described as “one of the most compelling works to enter the chamber music literature in some time” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He collaborated with prominent choreographers Lar Lubovitch, Donald Byrd, and C. Eule, as well as a renowned dancer Lil Buck. His arrangement of Chopin’s both piano concertos were performed by Kremerata Baltica with Daniil Trifonov as s oloist at Carnegie Hall in 2018.

Mr. Sharlat is a 2020 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow; other honors include the 2006 Charles Ives Fellowship from American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Music Foundation Commission (2010), fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo, and ASCAP’s Morton Gould (2003), Boosey & Hawkes (1997), and Leiber & Stoller (1997) awards.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Sharlat came to the United States as a refugee at age 16. He studied composition at the Curtis Institute of Music (BM) and Yale University (MM, DMA). Since 2005, he has been on the composition faculty at The University of Texas at Austin.

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