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Chaya  Czernowin

Born: December 7th, 1957
Country of origin: Israel
Upcoming :
2017-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium
2017-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium
Chaya Czernowin impressively demonstrates the possibilities of where advanced music theatre can lead – deep into the dark wells of the subconscious, beyond all reality and verbalisation. (Claus Spahn, Die Zeit) 

Chaya Czernowin was born on 7 December 1957 in Haifa and was brought up in Israel. She studied composition at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv with Abel Ehrlich and Izhak Sadai, and at the age of 25 went to study in Berlin on a DAAD Scholarship with Dieter Schnebel. In 1986 she moved to the United States to study at Bard College with Eli Yarden and Joan Tower. She pursued her PhD at the University of California San Diego, studying with Roger Reynolds (dissertation advisor) and Brian Ferneyhough. Upon completing her formal education, Czernowin undertook a period of travel and composition in Japan 1993-5 (Asahi Shimbun Fellowship, NEA Scholarship) and Germany (1996, Akademie Schloss Solitude). This was a seminal time in the development of her compositional language. 

Czernowin considers teaching to be an important aspect of her continued compositional development. She was Professor of Composition at the University of California San Diego from 1997 to 2006, a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna from 2006 to 2009, and in 2009 was appointed Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at the University of Harvard. She has been a guest professor in a number of institutions, and has taught at the International Summer Course for New Music at Darmstadt since 1990. Czernowin founded a course for young composers at the Akademie Schloss Solitude near Stuttgart with her husband, the composer Steven Takasugi, and Jean Baptiste Joly, as well as a course in Israel at the festival Tzlil Meudcan along with Yaron Deutsch. 

Czernowin’s output includes chamber and orchestral music, with and without electronics. Her works are regularly played in many of the major contemporary music festivals in Europe, as well as in Japan, Korea, Australia, the USA and Canada. Czernowin has composed two large scale works for the stage: Pnima...ins Innere (2000), commissioned by the Munich Biennale and chosen as best premiere of the year by Opernwelt’s annual critic survey and winner of the coveted Bayerischer Theaterpreis, and Adama (2004-05), commissioned for Mozart’s 250’s birthday by the Salzburg Festival. Both operas have a strong political content. Pnima deals with the transmission of a traumatic experience as a vital part of the present, demanding real and active engagement rather than allowing the trauma to become a self-important, rarefied and frozen memorial. With her second opera, she was asked to respond to Mozart's Zaïde by creating a counterpoint piece. Adama, which is intertwined with Zaïde, deals with the impact that a political situation has on the individual and the limited freedom one has when trying to escape this impact. 

Similarly to the political rebelliousness of the operas, the chamber music enacts an impatience with known and accepted assumptions. The chamber pieces from the 1990s explore the possibilities of temporal and formal divergence. In both Afatsim (1996) and String Quartet (1995), a game is made of changing the identity of the instruments by creating “meta instruments” - combining a few instruments into one identity and then separating them. By doing so the ensemble is able to change its identity within the piece. The unfolding of the piece is further fractured by cutting and displacing parts of the continuity into a forest of chaotic utterances. The Wintersongs series uses the same septet material reinterpreted five times, becoming an entirely different musical experience with each iteration. 

Maim (2001-07), for a large orchestra and a group of soloists, and other works from the 2000s including the electronic works of the experimental studio, speculate about the physicality and motion of material. They touch on a strange and unfamiliar kind of “physics”, which toys with our expectations. The exploration of time and form on the one hand, and of material, its nature and physicality on the other, find a new expression in HIDDEN (2013-14) for string quartet and electronics, where a slowed down experience of time is coupled with distorted reflections of material, showing a glimpse into a world of unfamiliarity. 

Czernowin's work is a significant and unique voice in the music of the present. She has received numerous awards for her compositions, including the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (1992), Asahi Shimbun Fellowship Prize (1993), the Schloss Solitude Fellowship (1996), the IRCAM Reading Panel (1998), the Composer’s Prize by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (2003), the Rockefeller Foundation Prize (2004), the Fromm Foundation Award (2008), a nomination of the Berlin Wissenschaftskolleg (2008), the Guggenheim Fellowship Award (2011) and the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis (2016). She was Artist in Residence with the Salzburg Festival in 2005/06 and with the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland in 2013.
 
1957
Born on 7 December in Haifa
1977-83
Studies composition at the Samuel Rubin Israel Academy of Music
1983-85
Studies composition with Dieter Schnebel in Berlin (DAAD scholarship)
1987-93
Studies composition with Roger Reynolds in San Diego
1988
Fellowship of the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt
1990-2000
Taught at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt
1992
Kranichsteiner Musikpreis
1993
Asahi Shimbun Fellowship Prize
1996
Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship
1997-2005
Professor of composition at the University of California, San Diego
2000
World premiere of "Pnima...ins Innere" at the Munich Biennale
"Pnima...ins Innere" wins the Bavarian Theatre Prize and is chosen as "World premiere of the Year" by Opernwelt's annual critic survey.
2003
Composer's Prize by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
World premiere of "Winter Songs I and II"
since 2003
Foundation and Direction of the Summer Academy for young composers in Schloss Solitude near Stuttgart
2004
Rockefeller Foundation Prize
2005-06
Composer in Residence at the Salzburg Festival
2005-09
Taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
2006
World premiere of "Zaïde / Adama" at the Salzburg Festival
2008
Fromm Foundation Award
since 2009

Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music composition at Harvard University Cambridge, MA

since 2010
Teaches composition at the International Festival & Summer Course for New Music "Tzill Meudcan"
2011
Guggenheim Fellowship Award
2013
Composer in Residence at the Lucerne Festival
World premiere of "At the fringe of our gaze" and "White Wind Waiting"
2016
Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis
2017-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium
2017-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-04-30 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-03 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-05 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-06 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
2017-05-06 | London (United Kingdom), St John Smith Square
2017-05-08 | Camebrigde, MA (United States of America), Havard University, Paine Halle
2017-05-19 | Pinerolo (Italy), Teatro del Lavoro
2017-05-20 | Madrid (Spain), Paseo de Recoletos, Palacio Marqués de Salamanca
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Orchestra: ensemble ascolta
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Orchestra: ensemble ascolta
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Orchestra: ensemble ascolta
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Orchestra: ensemble ascolta
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-26 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater — 19:30
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-28 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-31 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
2017-06-03 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-05 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-07 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-14 | Paris (France), Cité de la Musique, Salle des Concerts — 20:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-06-16 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-18 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-06-22 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-06-24 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-06-29 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-07-01 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Eduardo Leandro
Orchestra: New York New Music Ensemble
2017-10-27 | Santa Cruz, CA (United States of America)
2017-11-08 | Philadelphia, PA (United States of America), Barnes Foundation

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  • While Liquid Amber
    for 3 flutes
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: performance score
    Instrumentation: 3 Piccolos or 3 flutes (also Piccolo and bassflute)
    €49.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Dam sheon hachol
    The hour glass bleeds still
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: string sextet - 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, double bass
    €29.95
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Shu Hai practices javelin
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Instrumentation: solo female voice, 9 versions of the same voice on tape and live electronics
    Language: Hebrew
    €75.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Ina
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: bass flute, six recorded flutes (tape)
    €35.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Die Kreuzung
    (A Crossbreed)
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: performance score
    Instrumentation: alto shô or accordion, alto saxophone and double bass
    €45.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • String Quartet
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    €49.95
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Five action sketches
    Five miniatures for 2 voices and ensemble
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: low alto, countertenor, bassflute, bassclarinet, tenorsaxophone, tuba and violoncello
    Language: vocalise
    €59.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Adiantum Capillus-Veneris...
    Etude in fragility for voice and breath (ad lib. amplified)
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: single sheet
    Instrumentation: voice and breath(ad lib. amplified)
    Language: vocalise
    €14.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Knights of the strange
    Duo version for electric guitar and accordion
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: electric guitar and accordion
    €39.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping

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Profile
Chaya Czernowin impressively demonstrates the possibilities of where advanced music theatre can lead – deep into the dark wells of the subconscious, beyond all reality and verbalisation. (Claus Spahn, Die Zeit) 

Chaya Czernowin was born on 7 December 1957 in Haifa and was brought up in Israel. She studied composition at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv with Abel Ehrlich and Izhak Sadai, and at the age of 25 went to study in Berlin on a DAAD Scholarship with Dieter Schnebel. In 1986 she moved to the United States to study at Bard College with Eli Yarden and Joan Tower. She pursued her PhD at the University of California San Diego, studying with Roger Reynolds (dissertation advisor) and Brian Ferneyhough. Upon completing her formal education, Czernowin undertook a period of travel and composition in Japan 1993-5 (Asahi Shimbun Fellowship, NEA Scholarship) and Germany (1996, Akademie Schloss Solitude). This was a seminal time in the development of her compositional language. 

Czernowin considers teaching to be an important aspect of her continued compositional development. She was Professor of Composition at the University of California San Diego from 1997 to 2006, a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna from 2006 to 2009, and in 2009 was appointed Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at the University of Harvard. She has been a guest professor in a number of institutions, and has taught at the International Summer Course for New Music at Darmstadt since 1990. Czernowin founded a course for young composers at the Akademie Schloss Solitude near Stuttgart with her husband, the composer Steven Takasugi, and Jean Baptiste Joly, as well as a course in Israel at the festival Tzlil Meudcan along with Yaron Deutsch. 

Czernowin’s output includes chamber and orchestral music, with and without electronics. Her works are regularly played in many of the major contemporary music festivals in Europe, as well as in Japan, Korea, Australia, the USA and Canada. Czernowin has composed two large scale works for the stage: Pnima...ins Innere (2000), commissioned by the Munich Biennale and chosen as best premiere of the year by Opernwelt’s annual critic survey and winner of the coveted Bayerischer Theaterpreis, and Adama (2004-05), commissioned for Mozart’s 250’s birthday by the Salzburg Festival. Both operas have a strong political content. Pnima deals with the transmission of a traumatic experience as a vital part of the present, demanding real and active engagement rather than allowing the trauma to become a self-important, rarefied and frozen memorial. With her second opera, she was asked to respond to Mozart's Zaïde by creating a counterpoint piece. Adama, which is intertwined with Zaïde, deals with the impact that a political situation has on the individual and the limited freedom one has when trying to escape this impact. 

Similarly to the political rebelliousness of the operas, the chamber music enacts an impatience with known and accepted assumptions. The chamber pieces from the 1990s explore the possibilities of temporal and formal divergence. In both Afatsim (1996) and String Quartet (1995), a game is made of changing the identity of the instruments by creating “meta instruments” - combining a few instruments into one identity and then separating them. By doing so the ensemble is able to change its identity within the piece. The unfolding of the piece is further fractured by cutting and displacing parts of the continuity into a forest of chaotic utterances. The Wintersongs series uses the same septet material reinterpreted five times, becoming an entirely different musical experience with each iteration. 

Maim (2001-07), for a large orchestra and a group of soloists, and other works from the 2000s including the electronic works of the experimental studio, speculate about the physicality and motion of material. They touch on a strange and unfamiliar kind of “physics”, which toys with our expectations. The exploration of time and form on the one hand, and of material, its nature and physicality on the other, find a new expression in HIDDEN (2013-14) for string quartet and electronics, where a slowed down experience of time is coupled with distorted reflections of material, showing a glimpse into a world of unfamiliarity. 

Czernowin's work is a significant and unique voice in the music of the present. She has received numerous awards for her compositions, including the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (1992), Asahi Shimbun Fellowship Prize (1993), the Schloss Solitude Fellowship (1996), the IRCAM Reading Panel (1998), the Composer’s Prize by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (2003), the Rockefeller Foundation Prize (2004), the Fromm Foundation Award (2008), a nomination of the Berlin Wissenschaftskolleg (2008), the Guggenheim Fellowship Award (2011) and the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis (2016). She was Artist in Residence with the Salzburg Festival in 2005/06 and with the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland in 2013.
 
Works
Chronology
1957
Born on 7 December in Haifa
1977-83
Studies composition at the Samuel Rubin Israel Academy of Music
1983-85
Studies composition with Dieter Schnebel in Berlin (DAAD scholarship)
1987-93
Studies composition with Roger Reynolds in San Diego
1988
Fellowship of the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt
1990-2000
Taught at the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt
1992
Kranichsteiner Musikpreis
1993
Asahi Shimbun Fellowship Prize
1996
Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship
1997-2005
Professor of composition at the University of California, San Diego
2000
World premiere of "Pnima...ins Innere" at the Munich Biennale
"Pnima...ins Innere" wins the Bavarian Theatre Prize and is chosen as "World premiere of the Year" by Opernwelt's annual critic survey.
2003
Composer's Prize by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
World premiere of "Winter Songs I and II"
since 2003
Foundation and Direction of the Summer Academy for young composers in Schloss Solitude near Stuttgart
2004
Rockefeller Foundation Prize
2005-06
Composer in Residence at the Salzburg Festival
2005-09
Taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
2006
World premiere of "Zaïde / Adama" at the Salzburg Festival
2008
Fromm Foundation Award
since 2009

Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music composition at Harvard University Cambridge, MA

since 2010
Teaches composition at the International Festival & Summer Course for New Music "Tzill Meudcan"
2011
Guggenheim Fellowship Award
2013
Composer in Residence at the Lucerne Festival
World premiere of "At the fringe of our gaze" and "White Wind Waiting"
2016
Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis
Performances
2017-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium
2017-04-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), Public Library, Bruno Walter Auditorium
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-04-30 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-03 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-05 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-06 | Antwerpen (Belgium), Opera Vlaanderen
2017-05-06 | London (United Kingdom), St John Smith Square
2017-05-08 | Camebrigde, MA (United States of America), Havard University, Paine Halle
2017-05-19 | Pinerolo (Italy), Teatro del Lavoro
2017-05-20 | Madrid (Spain), Paseo de Recoletos, Palacio Marqués de Salamanca
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Orchestra: ensemble ascolta
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Orchestra: ensemble ascolta
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Orchestra: ensemble ascolta
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Orchestra: ensemble ascolta
2017-05-21 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-26 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater — 19:30
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-28 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-05-31 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
2017-06-03 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-05 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-07 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-14 | Paris (France), Cité de la Musique, Salle des Concerts — 20:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-06-16 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Titus Engel
2017-06-18 | Mannheim (Germany), Nationaltheater
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-06-22 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-06-24 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-06-29 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Carter; Johannes Knapp
2017-07-01 | Freiburg (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Eduardo Leandro
Orchestra: New York New Music Ensemble
2017-10-27 | Santa Cruz, CA (United States of America)
2017-11-08 | Philadelphia, PA (United States of America), Barnes Foundation
Gallery Products

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  • While Liquid Amber
    for 3 flutes
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: performance score
    Instrumentation: 3 Piccolos or 3 flutes (also Piccolo and bassflute)
    €49.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Dam sheon hachol
    The hour glass bleeds still
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: string sextet - 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, double bass
    €29.95
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Shu Hai practices javelin
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Instrumentation: solo female voice, 9 versions of the same voice on tape and live electronics
    Language: Hebrew
    €75.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Ina
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: bass flute, six recorded flutes (tape)
    €35.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Die Kreuzung
    (A Crossbreed)
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: performance score
    Instrumentation: alto shô or accordion, alto saxophone and double bass
    €45.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • String Quartet
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    €49.95
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Five action sketches
    Five miniatures for 2 voices and ensemble
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: low alto, countertenor, bassflute, bassclarinet, tenorsaxophone, tuba and violoncello
    Language: vocalise
    €59.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Adiantum Capillus-Veneris...
    Etude in fragility for voice and breath (ad lib. amplified)
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: single sheet
    Instrumentation: voice and breath(ad lib. amplified)
    Language: vocalise
    €14.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping
  • Knights of the strange
    Duo version for electric guitar and accordion
    Composer: Czernowin, Chaya
    Edition: score and parts
    Instrumentation: electric guitar and accordion
    €39.00
    Incl. VAT and excl. shipping

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