Chiyoko Szlavnics was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and has lived in
Berlin, Germany since 1998.
She studied music at the University of Toronto, and composition
privately with James Tenney.
She composes for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles, often
combining them with sinewaves. A central aspect of her work is the audible
psychoacoustical phenomenon called "beating", which is highlighted through her
particular use of extended sustains, glissandi, ratios, and her way of combining
acoustic instruments and sinewaves.
Drawings became the starting point for her compositional process around
the year 2003. But in 2009 & 2010, several drawings series emerged, which
distinctly belonged to the field of visual art. Szlavnics now practices
in both disciplines, and not only are her drawings heard in concert, but
her music is sometimes also seen in exhibitions in international exhibitions.