Eric Chumachenco,

Lecturer for Musical Rehearsals

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Eric Chumachenc was born in 1964 into a family of distinguished musicians in Philadelphia and having passed his early years in Switzerland. He learned the piano already as a child. As a result of numerous recitals together with his father and his aunt, he had a wide knowledge of the repertoire for piano and strings already at a very young age. He studied with Sava Savoff at the Zurich conservatory and with Edith Picht-Axenfeld in Freiburg im Breisgau. After having obtained the pedagogical diploma in 1983 in Zurich, he continued his studies with Maria Curcio in London and concluded with great success as a pupil of Vitaly Margulis at the Hochschule of Freiburg im Breisgau in 1987. He studied for two more years with Christoph Lieske at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and perfectionned his skill in master-classes with Nikita Magaloff, Homero Francesch and György Kurtág. In 1986 he won second prize at the Concorso Internazionale Cittá di Marsala, Italy, and in 1987 a prize at the Concours International Claude Kahn, Paris.

In a wide-ranged concert activity as a soloist, soloist with orchestra, chamber musician and voice accompanist in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, England, France, Argentina, China, Sweden and Lithuania, he performed together, among others, with the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Végh, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Edmond De Stoutz and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under Saulius Sondeckis. In 1992 he made a recording of his own Piano Solo arrangement of Carl Orff 's "Carmina Burana", which was very enthusiastically received by a wide audience and brought him an offer to perform in the "Münchner Klaviersommer" in the "Orff-year" 1995. Apart from performing, he holds a teaching position at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. In August 2000 he gave a very successful concert together with Marjana Lipovsek, Mezzosoprano and Benjamin Schmid, violin and viola at the Carinthischer Sommer in Ossiach, Austria, and in February 2004 he performed Mozart's concerto in G major KV 453 together with the Virtuosi Saxoniae under Ludwig Güttler at the Musikwoche Hitzacker, Germany. In August 2004 he performed Wilhelm Furtwängler's second violin sonata together with the violinist Corinne Chapelle at the Salzburg Festival. He plays a large-scale repertoire from Bach to contemporary music (see also repertoire list).