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Elena Kats-Chernin

 b. 1957Elena Kats-Chernin Photo: © Bridget Elliot


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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
Mythic (2004) for orchestra
Garden of Dreams (2009) for didgeridoo, piano and orchestra

Looking Ahead: further performances at Komische Oper Berlin of her Monteverdi adaptations Orpheus and Odysseus; Swedish premiere of new Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra

"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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