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Chaya Czernowin

Chaya Czernowin (*1957 in Haifa, Israel) composes operas, orchestral and chamber works with and without electronics, which are performed worldwide. She was Composer in Residence at the 2005/06 Salzburg Festival and at the Lucerne Festival 2013. She is the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University and has been Professor of Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the University of California San Diego Czernowin works imaginatively and analytically with metaphors as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar and is never taken for granted attempting to give a voice to what is internally hidden from one’s view.


Her major works include the opera Pnima, the orchestral piece Maim, HIDDEN for quartet and electronics, the operas Infinite Now and Heart Chamber (2018/19), The Fabrication of Light (2019/20), and Atara (2021).


Czernowin’s work has been awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Composers’ Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Fromm and Kranichsteiner Music Prizes of the Darmstadt Summer Courses, among others. Her operas Pnima (2000) and Infinite Now (2017) were voted among the best world premieres of the year in the international critics’ poll of Opernwelt.  Her CD the quiet was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.  Her work is published by Schott, she is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin and the Akademie der Schönen Künste Munich, and is on the board of the European Academy of Music Theater.