Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Katrina Kovacs is currently in her fourth year studying a Bachelor of Music Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has studied under composers such as Paul Stanhope, Michael Smetanin, Daniel Blinkhorn and Tristan Coelho. She began composing during her early adolescence, focusing on writing scores for film clips and the arrangement of popular music to now focusing on instrumental ensemble and electroacoustic works such as ‘Passages’ for four cellos, ‘Glass’ an ensemble for four hands, voice and violin and ‘Subtilis Ignis’, a fiery surround sound sonic experience. More recently She has also explored the world of music and poetry, creating her first choral work ‘Dieses Land’, the poetry of Nelly Sachs, which premiered at the Out of the Shadows Festival in 2017. Katrina is currently working on orchestral composition and looks forward to composing many more interesting and expressive works in the future.
About the piece:
Nelly Sach’s poem ‘Dieses Land’ was the catalyst to my exploration of modal choral writing. Featuring the combination of four part writing as well as solo passages, ‘Dieses Land‘ explores the variation of texture and movement as it works in tandem with the rich text. As the debut of my first choral piece, I am proud to have composed a work which holds such profound historical significance.