Polish harpsichord player Elzbieta Chojnacka died on 28 May in Paris at the age of 77. She was born in 1939 in Warsaw and studied in her native city as well as in Paris. In 1968 she won the international Vercelli competition, settled in Paris and began an international career.

She was known for collaborating with many contemporary composers like György Ligeti  Henryk Gorecki, Iannis Xenakis… She has recorded a huge repertoire and collaborated with the Luxembourg Philharmonic and Arturo Tamayo on recordings of works by Ohana. With Tamayo she also recorded a Donatoni disc at Radio France.

Elzbieta Chojnacka was quite often in Luxembourg, for the first time in 1979, for recitals and concerts with the former Radio Orchestra (now Philharmonic Orchestra Luxembourg) and recordings. In 1983 writer Anise Koltz and music manager Olivier Frank commissioned a solo work for Elzbieta Chojnacka from Iannis Xenakis, Naama, which was premiered in Luxembourg in 1984 and became one of the most played pieces of this contemporary repertoire.

Elzbieta Chojnacka was also a pedagogue. In 1995 she was awarded the title of Professor of the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg.

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