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Elena Kats-Chernin (1957- ), born in Tashkent, received her musical training
in Yaroslavl and Moscow before emigrating from the former Soviet Union to
Australia in 1975. She studied composition with Richard Toop, graduating in
1980, and then studied with Helmut Lachenmann in Hanover, Germany, with the assistance of a DAAD Fellowship. Whilst in Europe she composed for theatre and ballet in Germany.
Since returning to Australia in 1994, she wrote three operas, 2 piano concertos and works for many performers and ensembles, including Sydney Alpha Ensemble, Evelyn Glennie, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Her music has featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
The score for the ballet "Wild Swans" choreographed by Meryl Tankard for the
Australian Ballet in 2003, won the Green Room Award as well as the Helpmann Award 2004 for the best original score. The music for the ballet was arranged by EKC into a concert suite for soprano and orchestra and in June 2005 released as a CD by ABC Classics.
Six portrait CD's of her music have been released so far:
"Clocks", ABC Classics,
"Unceremonious Processions", Wergo,
"Purple Black & Blues", Tall Poppies,
"Wild Swans", ABC Classics,
"Ragtime & Blue", Signum Records,
and "Chamber of Horrors," on Tall Poppies.
Elena Kats-Chernin - Butterflying$1.96
Elena Kats-Chernin - Eliza Aria$7.10
Elena Kats-Chernin - Book of Rags$23.12