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Elena Kats-Chernin

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

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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 the Monteverdi realisation Orpheus (summer 2017) and of children's opera Schneewittchen und die 77 Zwerge (2018) at the Komische Oper in Berlin
"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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