A MUSICAL mastermind has moved into Batemans Bay's backyard.
Australian-grown but internationally-acclaimed composer Dr Katia Tiutiunnik has begun to settle in to Surfside, a place that she says brims with musical inspiration.
"The particular colours of this area are reflected in my work, and I find that very inspiring," Dr Tiutiunnik said.
"I've always loved the ocean and loved being by the sea... when you look at the ocean you get the idea of eternity. I think that vastness is [now] reflected in my work."
In April, Dr Tiutiunnik planned to dive quickly in and out of the Bay to invest but she and son Hamzah soon found themselves finding excuses to put off leaving.
"Even though I've travelled to some really beautiful places, there are few places on earth that rival a place like this. After living in New York for two years it was just what I needed.
"It's such a beautiful part of the world - who wouldn't want to live here?" Dr Tiutiunnik said.
A talented violist, she has performed and recorded a number of her own works and composes pieces for other performers with other instruments.
Her last appointment was as a visiting composer and scholar at Columbia Univer-sity in New York City.
Dr Tiutiunnik's compositions have been performed and broadcast in Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Russia, the UK and the US.
Her last performance was in June in St Petersburg, Russia, at a concert of her work in the Palace of the St Petersburg Composers' Associa-tion.
Dr Tiutiunnik hopes to get involved with the local music scene and she believes the area would apply perfectly to sound cube work, which is an interest of hers.
It's a system of setting up speakers to give music a three-dimensional sound, and she says it sounds spectacular at festivals and so on.
"It is temporally set up, it's like virtual reality of sound."
She feels that it's the type of project that would fit with Batemans Bay.
"Batemans Bay has got a more multicultural feel, a very cosmopolitan feel ... a town that can attract international people to it," she said.