Elena Kats-Chernin (born 1957) is one of Australia’s most successful composers. She studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover, and her music featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Her concert suite Wild Swans was recorded by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with conductor Ola Rudner and released in the TSO’s Australian Music Series on ABC Classics. ‘Eliza Aria’, one of the tracks from Wild Swans, reached the top spots in the iTunes classical charts having been used by UK banking giant Lloyds TSB in an extremely successful television commercial. In December 2009 the TSO with conductor Baldur Brönnimann and soloist Michael Collins gave the Australian première of Kats-Chernin’s Ornamental Air for basset clarinet and orchestra, jointly commissioned by the TSO and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In August 2011 the TSO gave the world première of Obsidian Light, a work commissioned by the TSO.

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