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Chaya Czernowin was born and raised in Israel. Since the age of 25, she has resided in Germany, Japan, and the United States. Various Scholarships and prizes supported these years, in which Czernowin was able to concentrate on forming her musical language and thought. Her first solo CD Afatsim which summorized her chamber work from 88-96 was released by Mode Records New York (mode 77) in 1999. Her second CD, with recent vocal by Mode was released in November 2002.
In 2000 her Opera, PNIMA...ins innere was premiered at the Munich Biennale, to a strong audience and critical acclaim. A non-linear experience, sonically and emotionally intense in its non-operatic sparseness, PNIMA deals with the question of the impossibility of communicating an ungraspable traumatic experience, in this case that of the Jewish holocaust. PNIMA was chosen for the premier of 2000 by "Opernwelt" and has won the Bayerische Theater Preis 2000.
Chaya Czernowin has taught composition at the Yoshiro Irino Institute, JML, Tokyo, Japan; the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, (where she won the Krnichsteiner prize 92) '90-'94 and '98; and in numerous master classes.
Beginning 2003 she will teach a biannual composition Mastercourse at Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany. Since 1997 Czernowin is a professor of music in the University of California, San Diego. Recent and upcoming projects include: a performance of the piece Maim Zarim, Maim Gnuvim (strange water, stolen water) for a large orchestra a quintet of soloists and live electronics in the Donaueschingen festival, 2002; a performance of the piece Shu Hai in an orchestral setting with the Austrian Radio orchestra and Ute Wassermann in Wien Modern 2002; Winter Songs, a septet for Ensemble Intercontemporain and IRCAM technology, Paris, 2003; an opera for the Salzburg Festival 2004, where there would be a focus on Czernowin' music. Chaya Czernowin is published exclusively by Schott.

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