'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 ...