THE HOT SEAT
Composer Elena Kats-Chernin's astonishing creativity is matched
by a prodigious work ethic, writes JACQUI TAFFEL.
When Elena Kats-Chernin opens her front door, one side of her
face is swollen and lopsided. The composer has just returned from
an emergency session of root canal therapy but insists the
interview go ahead. She brushes aside what would send most people
scuttling to a dark room, leading the way to the large, bright
kitchen of her Coogee home.
The ability to soldier on where others might falter is part of
the reason Kats-Chernin has become one of Australia's foremost
contemporary composers. She admits it was "probably slightly
crazy" to think she could support a family by writing music.
"Almost nobody can survive on just being a creative artist."
Yet, in many ways, it wasn't a choice. Music spills out of her
and she needs to write it down every day. Her daily routine is
"get up, have coffee, go to the piano, write something, email,