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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: revival of children's opera Schneewittchen und die 77 Zwerge (Jan 2018) at the Komische Oper in Berlin; new piano concerto for Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Queensland Symphony Orchestra (Sep)
"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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