Elena Kats-Chernin was born in 1957 in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent and studied composition in Moscow, piano and composition in New South Wales, and composition in West Germany with Helmut Lachenmann. While in Europe she became active in theatre and ballet, composing for state theatres in Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg and Bochum. Her music attracted the attention of the Ensemble Modern and in 1993 they premiered her extraordinary work Clocks. This piece has since been performed on several continents. Since her return to Australia in 1994, Elena Kats-Chernin has become one of the country’s leading composers having written three operas, two piano concertos and many other works.
Her brilliantly scored, energetic and often propulsive music has been choreographed by dance makers around the world including her score for the ballet Wild Swans choreographed by Meryl Tankard for the Australian Ballet in 2003 which won two highly acclaimed awards for best original score in 2004. Elena is published by Boosey & Hawkes and can be contacted via their offices in New York, London and Berlin.