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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: new concertos for flute and for saxophone (WPs autumn 2015); WP of youth opera Schneewittchen und die 77 Zwerge at Komische Oper Berlin (2015/16)

"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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