Nicolas Chumachenco

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Nicolas Chumachenco or Chumachenko (March 27, 1944 – December 12, 2020) was a Polish-born violin soloist, professor, and director of the Queen Sofía Chamber Orchestra.[1]

Biography[edit]

Chumachenco was born in Kraków, in Nazi-occupied Poland, to Ukrainian parents who left Poland at the end of the Second World War. He grew up and started his musical training in Argentina. Chumachenco left Argentina to study in the United States at the University of Southern California with Jascha Heifetz and later at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Efrem Zimbalist and won awards at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition.[2]

Chumachenco appeared as soloist with many orchestras conducted by artists such as Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Peter Maag, and Rudolf Kempe.[3]

Chumachenco was first violin of the Zurich Quartet, professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and served as leader and music director of the Queen Sofía Chamber Orchestra in Madrid.[4]

Ana (sister), Nicolas and Eric (son) Chumachenco in Würzburg, February 14th, 2018. Photo by Tamara Hegedüs.

He died in Schallstadt, Germany.

Family[edit]

His sister Ana Chumachenco (born 1945) is professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich. His son Eric Chumachenco (born 1964) is a classical pianist and holds a teaching position at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicolás Chumachenco - Concertino Director". Festival Internacional de Música "Ciudad de Ayamonte". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Juan Antonio Torres Planells. "Nicolas Chumachenco, violin". Grijalvo. Retrieved 4 August 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Nicolás Chumachenco - Concertino Director". Festival Internacional de Música "Ciudad de Ayamonte". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Nicolas Chumachenco biography". Naxos. Retrieved 4 August 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Eric Chumachenco". Mozarteum Salzburg. Retrieved 10 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)