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Article: Knowing the score

  • © John Fairfax Holdings
  • Source: Source: Canberra Times, 27 October 2007, pp22
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'A s a composer I do feel cosmopolitan,'' Elena Kats- Chernin says as she tries to define her musical identity. ''As a person I feel Australian but in my style of music you can hear all sorts of references specifically Russian, of course, but also German.'' Kats-Chernin was born in Tashkent in the former Soviet Union and her early musical training was typically Russian with an emphasis on discipline and competition. ''But as a child I was given a lot of support a lot of encouragement.'' Sitting in on her older sister's piano lessons, she immediately started ...