ComposersElena Kats-Chernin AO

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Oliver Crofts WA clarinet

Elena Kats-Chernin's vibrant and distinctive music featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. She has received several awards including Sounds Australian,    Helpmann, Limelight and Sydney Theatre Awards as well as the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award 2013.

Her music has been performed by all major orchestras in Australia, as well as Australian Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, BBC Orchestra, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin etc. and also in many festivals, including Cabrillo (Santa Cruz), Other Minds (San Francisco) and Musica Nova (Helsinki).

ABC Classic has recently released at 10 CD Box Set which includes many of her works of the past 25 years, among them several large scale orchestra works, i.e. The Witching Hour, Displaced Dances and Prelude and Cube.

In July 2019 the score for her first full length opera Whiteley about iconic Australian painter Brett Whiteley was premiered by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House.

During the current pandemic her large work for choir Human Waves was premiered as part of the film Time and Place featuring the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (who commissioned the work).

The most recent premieres were Cinque Forme D’Amore by the Steel City Strings on 28 February 2021 and Flute Quintet, an adaptation of the flute concerto Night and Now by Sally Walker and Omega Ensemble on 27 February.

Elena’s music is published by Boosey and Hawkes.

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