Her music has been performed throughout the world, by some of the best orchestras and performers of new music. She has held a professorship at UCSD, and was the first woman to be appointed as a composition professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria (2006–2009), and at Harvard University, USA (2009 and on) where she has been the Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music.

Her latest opera Infinite Now was chosen as the premier of the year 2017 in the critics survey of Opernwelt. Czernowin was appointed Artist-in-residence at the Salzburg Festival in 2005/6 and at the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland in 2013. Characteristic of her work are working with metaphor as a means of reaching a sound world which is unfamiliar; the use of noise and physical parameters as weight, textural surface (as in smoothness or roughness etc), problematization of time and unfolding and shifting of scale in order to create a vital, visceral and direct sonic experience. All this with the aim of reaching a music of the subconscious which goes beyond style conventions or rationality.

She has been awarded numerous awards, amongst them Kranichsteiner Musikpreis, the composer’s prize of Siemens Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation to name a few. She was chosen as a member of the Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin in 2017. Her work is published by Schott.



MASTERCLASS – Chaya Czernowin
14:00 WED 29.8


LECTURE #2 – Chaya Czernowin
10:30 THU 30.8


Statements & Rituals

18:00 SAT 1.9
(2010) For ensemble