Rita Williams talks with composer Elena Kats-Chernin, equally at
home writing for the concert hall and for the theatre.
Elena Kats-Chernin's rapport with the piano goes back to her
childhood and the day her mother and older sister walked in to
find the six-year-old sitting up, playing Beethoven's Moonlight
Sonata. She'd never had a lesson. By eight she had written her
first composition and soon after was known in Yaroslavl, the
university town where they lived in Uzbekistan, as 'the little
Embarrassed by the title then, Kats-Chernin continues to inspire
awe. Since choosing to make music her career, rather than become
a professional figure skater, Kats-Chernin has become that rare
thing: a full-time composer.
She writes ...