- Ruth Lee Martin
(b Tashkent, Nov 4, 1957). Australian composer of Uzbek origin. She emigrated to Australia with her family in 1975. In 1980, after graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium (1979), she studied with Lachenmann at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover. Remaining in Germany, she produced music for ballets and numerous soundtracks for theatre productions in Bremen, Bochum and Vienna. She remained fully occupied with theatre music (1985–9) until Transfer was commissioned by the Sydney SO. She returned to Sydney in 1994. In 1996 she won the Sounds Australian Award for Best Composition with Cadences, Deviations and Scarlatti (1995) and the Jean Bogan Prize with Charleston Noir (1996). In her music Kats-Chernin often combines simple formulaic material with idiosyncratic textures. This is demonstrated in three key works, Tast-en (1991) for piano, Retonica (1993) for orchestra and Clocks (...