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Kats-Chernin and Cislowska

Kats-Chernin & Cislowska

Elena Kats-Chernin, composer, piano
Tamara-Anna Cislowska, piano

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists for both her solo and chamber performances, and winner of the 2015 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’ for her recording Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics). She has performed worldwide with repertoire spanning five centuries, and won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro.

Concerts in 2016 include a national tour with composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin to Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney’s Concourse and Riverside Theatres, ANAM’s Australian Voices series, Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival, Arts in the Valley Festival (NSW) and Brisbane’s Music by the Sea, as resident artist for Darwin Festival 2016, two concert tours to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and France and a recording for the centenary of Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly, along with numerous solo recitals across the country.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Elena Kats-Chernin studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover.

She has created works across nearly every genre, from rags to ballet and operas, and from intimate compositions for piano, string trio and chamber ensembles to robotic instruments, and full-scale choir and symphony orchestra, from the world’s leading orchestras, opera, ballet and theatre companies and festivals.

The extraordinary reach of Kats-Chernin’s music spans the worlds of film and television also: Eliza Aria - from her score for Meryl Tankard's ballet Wild Swans, commissioned by the Australian Ballet - was used in British bank, Lloyds TSB’s celebrated ad campaign ‘For The Journey’. Her Russian Rag was used in the claymation feature film, Mary and Max by Oscar-winning director Adam Elliot, and was also the theme for Late Night Live on ABC Radio National for many years (now, Eliza Aria).

Elena is currently writing for the Australian World Orchestra, The Flinders Quartet and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and her music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes / Bote und Bock.


Butterflying: the music of Elena Kats-Chernin
Celebrating the release by ABC Classics of Butterflying: the music of Elena Kats-Chernin, 2015 ARIA winner for 'Best Classical Album', pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and one of Australia's great composers, Elena Kats-Chernin, (Eliza Aria, The Divorce) invite you to a thrilling, unique experience of creation, expression and adventure.

Performing four hands at the piano and improvising live, second-to-second, the duo traverse the wondrous catalogue of Kats-Chernin's music, presenting well-loved works in an utterly new light and unveiling new treasures in this intimate tête-a-tête with the composer and her long-time collaborator.

Tamara Anna Cislowska will also play solo works such as:

RACHMANINOV Prelude in C sharp minor, op.3 no.2
TCHAIKOWSKY October "Autumn Song"
REBIKOV The Musical Snuffbox
SCRIABIN Allegro de concert op.18

“A spirited, musicianly performance... with a kindred creativity and subversive spontaneity.” 
Sydney Morning Herald

“Magical. The composer succeeds in creating an enchanting mixture of classical, musical and pop, animated cartoon music and hit numbers.”
Berliner Morgenpost


Early March 2017 or June onwards would be best.

Technical specifications

• Grand piano, tuned on the day of performance
• 2 piano stools
• Handheld mic for speaking to the audience


Masterclasses – on piano, and/or on the music of Elena Kats-Chernin, or Peter Sculthorpe

Book Artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Arts NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Melissa Cannon
CountryWide Manager