Chemberdzhi, Yekaterina [Katya ]
- Tat′yana Frumkis
(b Moscow, May 6, 1960). Russian composer and pianist. She received her musical education at the Central School of Music (1967–78) attached to the Moscow Conservatory, and at the Conservatory proper (1978–84). There she studied the piano (with Alumian), composition (with Sergey Balasanian) and the theory of music (with Yuri Kholopov), graduating with distinction. She taught composition, orchestration and the theory of music at the Gnesin State Institute in Moscow (1984–6), and joined the Russian Union of Composers in 1986. In 1990 she settled in Berlin, where she has combined teaching (piano, theory and composition) at the Berlin-Wilmersdorf Music School with intensive concert work as a soloist and ensemble player. In 1994 she completed a European tour with the cellist Natalya Gutman, and from 1995 she appeared with the clarinettist Eduard Brunner and the singer Mieko Kanesugi.
The works which have brought Chemberdzhi acclaim are mostly chamber compositions; her experience of performing them has given rise to a diverse technique preoccupied with instrumental timbre, unusual instrumental forces and theatrical elements. Her characteristic directness of expression is invariably equalled by clarity of form and idea (not only in terms of timbre and composition but also frequently in terms of programmatic content). In her ...