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Elena Kats-Chernin

 b. 1957Elena Kats-Chernin Photo: © Bruria Hammer


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Elena Kats-Chernin is one of Australia's leading composers * Trained in Moscow, Australia, and Germany, her distinctive idiom reflects her unique personal history * Music often combines chiseled rhythmic pulsation with a bittersweet melodic/harmonic language * Diverse output includes operas, orchestral works, chamber and solo pieces, plus music for dance, film, and theater * Interpreters include Ensemble Modern, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Works by Elena Kats-Chernin include:
Clocks (1993) for ensemble and tape 
Book of Rags (1995–99) for piano 
Wild Swans (2002) Ballet, with Eliza Aria and Wild Swans Suite 
Orpheus / Odysseus / Poppea (2012) modern adaptation of Monteverdi's operas 

Looking Ahead: revivals of children's opera Schneewittchen und die 77 Zwerge and the Monteverdi realisations Orpheus and Poppea at the Komische Oper in Berlin (Jan-Jul 2017); new orchestral concert-opener for the Melbourne Symphony (25 May); composes new concertos for harpsichord and for mandolin

"Her status as one of this country’s most prolific and consistently innovative composers remains unchallenged… [She] appears to achieve the impossible, straddling the two seemingly irreconcilable camps of intellectualism and accessibility." - Sydney Morning Herald

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