Elisabeth Chojnacka (born Elżbieta 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.
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.
- Ohana harpsichord / Ohana - Clavecin
- Plus que Tango
- Scott Joplin
- Energy Plus
- Rhythm Plus
- Clavecin espagnol du XXème Siècle
- Clavecin 2000
- L'avant-garde du passé
- Le nouveau clavecin
- Clavecin d'aujourd'hui
- Website : Harpsichord 2000
- Elisabeth Chojnacka profile on Nieuwe Muziek web site
- Harley, James Xenakis: his life in music p. 103, Routledge, New York (2004) ISBN 0-415-97145-4