Elisabeth Chojnacka

Univ.Prof. i.R.
* 1939     † 2017
Since 1994 University Professor for Cembalo in consideration of temporary music

Elisabeth Chojnacka (born El?bieta Chojnacka in Warsaw, September 10, 1939) is a Polish harpsichordist living in France. She is one of the world's foremost harpsichordists specializing in the performance of contemporary harpsichord music.

She earned a degree from the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw in 1962, after which she moved to Paris, where she studied with Aimée van de Wiele.

Chojnacka has presented the premiere performances of many works for harpsichord, both solo as well as with ensemble and/or electronics. Over 80 composers have dedicated works to her, including György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis, Zygmunt Krauze, and Michael Nyman, and performed or recorded music by Maurice Ohana, Henryk Mikolaj Górecki, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Franco Donatoni, Cristóbal Halffter, François-Bernard Mâche, Graciane Finzi, Stephen Montague, Yves Prin, Tomás Marco, Cristobal Halffter, Mauricio Sotelo, Grant McLachlan, Ástor Piazzolla, Marius Constant, Francis Poulenc, Luc Ferrari, André Boucourechliev, Aldo Clementi, Roberto Carnevale, Betsy Jolas, François-Bernard Mâche, Joseph Horovitz, Manuel de Falla, Roberto Sierra, Krzystof Knittel, Scott Joplin, Gustavo Beytelmann, Jean Wiener, Krzysztof Meyer, and Dimitri Yanov-Yanovski.

While she is known particularly for her performance of new music, she also plays early music in her concerts, as well as in some of her recordings.

In performance, she generally performs with her harpsichord slightly amplified.

She formerly taught at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria, beginning in 1995.

She has performed and recorded with the Xenakis Ensemble. She won the Grand Prix du Disque for Modern Music in 2003, for her recording of works by Maurice Ohana.