Roman Baranskiy

Roman Baranskiy is a Bay Area based composer, teacher, and instrumentalist. Born and raised in Ukraine, he moved to California at the age of 16 after his love for lyricism was formed by Ukrainian folklore and landscapes. By blending styles and borrowing from other genres such as Jazz and Electronica, he creates music that is dynamic and vibrant. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Music Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he won the International Shanghai Chamber Competition for his string quartet, “Amphithymia”.

His music explores varied themes in psychology, geometry, and art, including palindromes, tension, illness, structures, nature, and the human experience. His orchestral piece, “Birds Landing” which explores the murmurations of birds as they ebb and flow, has won first place in the International Conductor Union competition and the 2020 CAPMT Commissioned Composer competition, the silver medal in the Global Music Awards, and was a finalist in the Oscar Navarro International Composer Competition, as well as semifinalist in the American Prize Contest. The world premiere of Birds Landing is scheduled to take place at the Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet in February 2022.

His composition process is one of exploration and discovery. One such piece is Aura, commissioned by CAPMT and scored for electric guitar, flute, and vibraphone, which has received an Honorable Mention by the Tribeca New Music Board of Directors in 2020.

Aura I

Aura III

Aura V

Aura VII

Jointly Commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and the Music Teachers National Association.

Performed by: Jessie Nucho - flute, Divesh Karamchandani - vibraphone, Timothy Sherren - electric guitar

(Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco, Oct. 10)

Birds Landing - tone poem for a large orchestra. Mock-up MIDI recording by Ravel Virtual Studios

Amphithymia, string quartet #1 (mov. I)


Chen Jiayi - Violin I

Hua Hui - Violin II

Cao Yibo - Viola

Li Zhenqi - Cello

Amphithymia, string quartet #1 (mov. II & IV)

Mia Nardi-Huffman - Violin I

Madeline Hocking - Violin II

Justine Preston - Viola

Evan Kahn - Cello

Lethe, piano trio (theme and variations)


Left Coast Ensemble:

Eric Zivian - Piano

Anna H. Presler - Violin

Jerome Simas - Clarinet

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