What sparks creativity for you?
My compositions are often inspired by people I meet, musicians I collaborate with, stories I read about, piece of music I hear or a beautiful painting. Creativity can be triggered by something as surprising as staying in a queue at the shop or looking at the ocean. In other words, even mundane everyday things as well as meaningful conversations can influence a piece of music.
Elena Kats-Chernin’s 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 the major Australian orchestras as well as many international ones, including London Philharmonic Orchestra and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Elena has written pieces for dance, opera, orchestra and chamber ensembles. Among her most well-known pieces are Russian Rag and Eliza Aria from Wild Swans Suite, the latter of which was one of the ten items chosen to be part of The 2019 Sounds of Australia.
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