Elisabeth Chojnacka

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Elisabeth Chojnacka
Elisabeth CHOJNACKA 1972.jpg
Background information
Birth nameElżbieta Ukraińczyk
Born(1939-09-10)10 September 1939
Warsaw, Poland
Died28 May 2017(2017-05-28) (aged 77)
Paris, France

Elisabeth Chojnacka (born Elżbieta Ukraińczyk; 10 September 1939 – 28 May 2017) was a Polish harpsichordist living in France. She was one of the world's foremost harpsichordists specializing in the performance of contemporary harpsichord music.


Chojnacka 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. She presented the premiere performances of many works for harpsichord, both solo as well as with ensemble and/or electronics. Over 80 composers dedicated works to her. While she was known particularly for her performance of new music, she also played early music in her concerts, as well as in some of her recordings. In performance, she generally performed with her harpsichord slightly amplified.

She formerly taught at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria, beginning in 1995. She 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.[citation needed]


Chojnacka died on 28 May 2017 in Paris at the age of 77.[1]


  • Ohana harpsichord / Ohana - Clavecin
  • Energy
  • Plus que Tango
  • Scott Joplin
  • Energy Plus
  • Poulenc
  • Xénakis
  • Ohana
  • Rhythm Plus
  • Clavecin espagnol du XXème Siècle
  • Clavecin 2000
  • L'avant-garde du passé
  • Le nouveau clavecin
  • Clavecin d'aujourd'hui


  1. ^ "Nie żyje Elżbieta Chojnacka. "Znakomita polska klawesynistka"". RDC Polskie Radio. 28 May 2017.