9.May.2016 Guest Talk: Chaya Czernowin @ NYU – Music – FAS

By | May 4, 2016

WHEN: Monday, May 9th, 2:00PM ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.

Composer Chaya Czernowin will present on her recent work.


…heartbreakingly vulnerable. Its sounds—often rasping, grating bundles of energy—project across impossibly large spaces, like concrete cantilevers, precisely tensioned just short of breaking point. Listening is like discovering butterflies trapped under stones.     TIM RUTHERFORD-JOHNSON/THE RAMBLER


photo by Astrid Ackermann

Chaya Czernowin (Dec 7th 1957)  is a composer of  operas orchestral and chamber works which have been played worldwide. She was composer in residence in Salzburg festival, and Lucerne Festival,  She is Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University and was a Professor for Composition at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna Austria (2005-9) and the university of California San Diego (1997-05).

Czernowin works imaginatively and analytically with metaphors as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar and is never taken for granted.  Things can appear and disappear at any time- it is an existential state where safety is not easily earned, She works towards creating a vital, visceral direct and real sonic experience which goes  beyond  style conventions or rationality,  attempting to give a voice to what is internally hidden from one’s view. Main pieces: the opera Pnima, the large scale orchestral piece Maim, and HIDDEN for quartet and electronics.

Czernowin’s work received  numerous awards such as Composer Prize of  the Ernst-von-Siemens Foundation, Guggenheim fellowship, and  Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at Darmstadt Ferienkurse, PNIMA was awarded the Bayerischer Theaterpreis and was chosen as the best new opera in 2000 in the Opernwelt critics survey.  Her work is published by Schott.