CHAYA CZERNOWIN

Rendezvous: Quatuor-Électronique, June 21  l  Ensemble intercontemporain, June 28  l  At First Light, July 1  l  Chamber Music Master Class, July 5

Chaya Czernowin grew up in Israel and studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv from 1976 to 1982. At the age of 25, she left Israel to study in Germany thanks to a scholarship from the DAAD (1983-1985). She also studied in the United States at the University of California where she finished her PhD (1987-1993), in Japan where she was invited for a residency (1993-1995), in Germany at the Schloss Solitude Academy in 1997, and in Vienna, Austria. She studied with Abel Ehrlich, Yizhak Sadaï, Dieter Schnebel, Eli Yarden, Joan Tower, Brian Ferneyhough, and Roger Reynolds. In 1997, Czernowin began to explore computer music. Selected by the reading committee at IRCAM in 1998, she wrote Winter Songs I: Pending Light (2003). She was supported by a scholarship from the Experimental Studio SWR in Freiburg in 1998, 2000, and 2001.

© Schott Promotion / Astrid Ackermann

© Schott Promotion / Astrid Ackermann

Chaya Czernowin’s works range from chamber music to pieces for orchestra like the fresco Maim for five soloists, orchestra and electronics (2001-2007), complement to Mozart’s Zaïde, and the chamber opera and you will love me back (2011).

Chaya Czernowin was a professor at the University of California San Diego and at the University of the Arts in Vienna (2006-2009) where she was the first woman professor. Since 2009, she has been teaching at Harvard University. She created the biannual composition course at the Schloss Solitude Academy with Jean-Baptiste Jolly and Steven Kazuo Takasugi.  With the latter, she also taught at Tzlil Meudcan, an international course founded in Israel by Yaron Deutsch from the Nikel Ensemble.

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