Music - Elizaveta Zharikova named the second recipient of The Society of Composers & Lyricists and  Film Scoring Academy of Europe Scholarship 16/06 00h18

By Mulder, 16 june 2022

The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) and the Film Scoring Academy of Europe (FSAE) awards the second annual SCL/FSAE scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year to Elizaveta “Liza” Zharikova, 26, an award-winning concert violinist from St. Petersburg, Russia who has made a passionate commitment to scoring film. Zharikova is a graduate of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. She will participate in the Master of Fine Arts program in Music for Motion Pictures & Contemporary Media offered at FSAE’s campus in Sofia, Bulgaria. The SCL/FSAE scholarship award provides an aspiring composer with financial aid equal to 50% of tuition cost for the one-year program, currently €17,200 ($20,735 USD). The scholarship determination is based on artistic promise and financial need. Adjudication was overseen by a panel drawn from the SCL’s board and FSAE’s senior faculty. Due to the overwhelming interest in the scholarship, the SCL and FSAE will continue the program next year.   
SCL President Ashley Irwin explained, “The Society of Composers & Lyricists is honored to partner with the Film Scoring Academy of Europe and assist in expanding the educational opportunities of future composers.” FSAE Dean Andy Hill commented on the scholarship, “We’re thrilled to see the scholarship go to Liza. She is an exceptionally promising composer and was also one of the top five applicants to the master’s program at NYU. The fact that she’s coming to Sofia says something important about our growth and about the importance of this award.”  
Submissions for scholarship consideration were received from late fall to spring of 2022. Submissions for next year’s scholarship will be open from fall of 2022 to spring of 2023, and another aspiring composer will again be awarded a scholarship for 50% of tuition.
The Film Scoring Academy of Europe was formed in 2019 as a branch of the European Academy of Fine Arts (EAFA), a constituent college of the Irish American University, whose president is Dr. Joseph Rooney. Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, its charter program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and its dean and director of studies is Dr. Andy Hill. Artistic Director is Derek Gleeson. Full-time and visiting faculty includes Norman Ludwin, Jonathan Levi Shanes, Conrad Pope, Christopher Young, Penka Kouneva, Francisco Rios, and Mikolai Stroinski. The Film Scoring Academy of Europe offers Masters, Online Graduate, and summer programs in film and game scoring. The curriculum provides composers the practical experience of working with filmmakers and offers them fifteen live recording sessions over the course of a single year, with ensembles ranging in size from seven to eighty-four musicians.  
The Society of Composers and Lyricists is the non-profit and primary organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists, and those working in our industry such as orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music agents, music attorneys, music editors, copyists, recording engineers, and related jobs, with a distinguished 65-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film music, television music, game music, and musical theatre industry today.

(Source : press release)