Elis Czerniak started composing as a late teen during his piano and guitar studies and then went on to play the cello and clarinet. He has studied composition with an eclectic range of teachers including Donnacha Dennehy, Jonathan Cole, Simon Holt and Mark Anthony Turnage undertaking degrees at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Music in London. He has had a number of pieces performed by student and professional ensembles throughout Ireland and London, including Crash Ensemble, RCM Symphony Orchestra and the Con Tempo Quartet, as well as working with artists and sculptors, creating sound pieces for various installations throughout the UK. He has now returned to Trinity College, studying for his PhD in composition under the guidance of Evangelia Rigaki. The works and ideas of Luigi Nono have had an important role in the development of his musical ideas and he is currently researching Nono's later compositions, trying to bring certain elements of these to light.