An advocate of living composers, Ani collaborates closely with many of today’s leading composers. She has expanded the cello repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by composers such as Polina Nazakinskaya's 'Yesterday is No More' in Beirut, Lebanon and Haim at Music in May's Chamber Music Festival in Santa Cruz, CA, performing the World Premiere of George Tsontakis "O Mikros O Megas" at Dartmouth University with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ani has also performed the works of Tigran Mansurian, Lera Auerbach, Kaija Saariajo, Tomas Barriero, Ramin Heydarbagi, Sam Lipman, Saad Haddad, Steve Mackey, Alyssa Weinberg, Noah Kaplan, Michael Brown, Kevork Andonian, Reza Vali, Ned Rorem, György Sándor Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, Caleb Burhans, Mary Kouyoumdjian, among many others.
Ani has commissioned 4 new works written for cello and piano to premiere in the 2018-2019 concert season by Mary Kouyoumdjian, Sam Lipman, Hong-da Chin, and Adam Roberts. Mary, Sam, and Hong-Da's pieces will be part of the Refugee Project program which will be announced in the 2018-2019 concert season.
Mary Kouyoumdjian is a composer with projects ranging from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores. As a first generation Armenian-American and having come from a family directly affected by the Lebanese Civil War and Armenian Genocide, she uses a sonic palette that draws on her heritage, interest in music as documentary, and background in experimental composition to progressively blend the old with the new.
Adam Roberts’ music has been performed internationally by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, the JACK Quartet, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center. Honors for Roberts' music include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Commission, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center.
Recently appointed as the full-time Composer-In-Residence, Head Accompanist, and Lecturer in Musical Aesthetics for the Theater and Dance Department at the University of Texas at Austin, Lipman boasts a prolific portfolio, acclaimed by Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle for its 'luxurious and poignant beauty'. Sam translates life and emotion into the raw truth of sound.
Originally from Malaysia, Hong-Da Chin's music is influenced by Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures. Chin's inspiration often comes from by his cultural confusion as a Chinese Malaysian. Besides composing, Chin is also a Chinese flute specialist who has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Kennedy Center, Met Museum, Chicago Institute of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Global Exchange among others.