Eric Charnofsky

Eric Charnofsky works as an Instructor at Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches various music seminars, directs the Keyboard Ensemble, coordinates staff accompanying, and serves as Coordinator of Undergraduate Enrollment for the Department of Music. He taught Symphonic Literature, Music Theory, and Collaborative Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Originally from Los Angeles, Mr. Charnofsky is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he majored in piano accompanying. He also holds degrees in solo piano performance and composition from California State University, Northridge, where he received the Outstanding Bachelor’s Degree Graduate award.

Mr. Charnofsky has performed as a collaborative pianist throughout the U.S., and has concertized with members of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Metropolitan Opera Orchestras; and the Akron Symphony. Formerly on the faculty in the pre-college division at The Juilliard School, he served as staff accompanist and ear-training fellow in the Juilliard College division. Mr. Charnofsky’s performances have been broadcast over WQXR and WNYC in New York; WFMT in Chicago; WCLV in Cleveland; WKSU in Kent; and KPFK, KMZT, and KCSN in Los Angeles, where he worked as a classical radio announcer. He has presented several lecture-recitals on “The Duos with Piano” by the composers Paul Hindemith, Francis Poulenc, Samuel Barber, and Aaron Copland. He frequently gives concert previews for Cleveland Orchestra programs in Severance Hall.

Mr. Charnofsky worked at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara as an Associate Faculty member for eight summers, performed several times as a substitute keyboardist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra, worked as a rehearsal pianist for Lyric Opera Cleveland, served as convention accompanist for the National Flute Association, and appears on recordings with trombonist JoDee Davis on the Albany label, flutist George Pope on the Crystal label, and music by the Cleveland Composers Guild on the Capstone label. He frequently performs new music, and is an active composer. He also has a weekly radio program, Not Your Grandmother’s Classical Music, on WRUW-FM.

Catalog of Works

    Chamber Ensemble:

    Mixed Doubles – 2018, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Double bass

  • – Commissioned and premiered by the Chamber Music Society of Ohio
  • Accel – 2017, Violin, ‘Cello, Piano – Commissioned and premiered by Cleveland Chamber Collective

    Take 3 – 2014, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Piano —

    1. Chorale, Passacaglia, and Fugue
    2. Cadenza
    3. Schnazzy

    In Motion – 2013, Woodwind Quintet – Premiered by Solaris Wind Quintet

    1. Rotate
    2. Bounce
    3. Slide
    4. Wiggle

    Four Characters – 2012, Flute and Piano –  Commissioned by Ohio Music Teachers Association

    1. Reverie
    2. Popcorn Music
    3. Elegy
    4. Octatonica

    5 by 5 – 2011,  String Quartet and Piano – Commissioned and premiered by Pacific Serenades.

    1. Intrada
    2. Chaconne
    3. Tarantella
    4. Meditation
    5. Postscript

    Perspectives – 2008, Flute, Viola, Cello, Piano – Premiered by the Cleveland Chamber Collective

    1. controlled repetition
    2. zoom lens
    3. rejoicing in chaos

    Fantasy for Clarinets and Piano – 2004, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Piano

    1. Monologue
    2. Dream
    3. Vocalise
    4. Dance

    Two Pieces for Flute and Piano – 2001 —

    1. Lamentation
    2. Jubilation

    Sonata for Guitar and Piano – 1994

    1. Free; Rhythmic, with Energy
    2. Intense, with rubato
    3. Ostinato

    Waltz in Blue – 1994, Flute, Piano

    Incidental Music for the play ‘Death Trap’ – 1989, Clarinet, Piano

    Incidental Music for the film ‘Meditations on a Suicide’ – 1989, String Quartet, Piano

    Yielding/Merging/Passing – 1988, Clarinet, Violin, Viola

    8 Songs – 1988, Mezzo-soprano, Flute, Guitar, Marimba… on poems by e e cummings

    1. O the sun
    2. something odd
    3. loneliness
    4. why don’t be silly
    5. crazy jay blue
    6. everybody wants more
    7. when any mortal
    8. who are you

    The Windy Planet – 1987, Two Sopranos, Flute, Horn, Cello, Piano/Celesta, Guitar, Percussion



    Silence – 2015, SATB, Soprano, Piano – Premiered by the Case Concert Choir

    Spaces – 2011, SATB, Piano – Premiered by the Case Concert Choir

    Shout to the Lord – 2002, SATB, Soprano, Tenor, Piano

    Pentecostal Anthem – 1989, SATB, Organ



    Toyland – 1988

    Telefany – 1988

    Tapestry – 1987


    Solo Instrument:

    余韻 (Echo) – 2018, Shakuhachi – Commissioned by the Omomuki Foundation and Shawn Head

    Mini Theme & Variations – 2016, Clarinet

    Anniversary – 2010, Trombone

    Cape Ann Melody – 2003, Violin, Piano –



    Introduction – 1995

    7 Piano Miniatures – 1990

    Movement – for solo piano – 1987

    Busy Music – 1986


    Solo Vocal with Piano:

    Four Seasonal Ballads – 2010, Soprano, Piano

    1. I Am the One
    2. Summer Sun
    3. Autumn Daybreak
    4. Winter

    The Farting Song – 2003,  Soprano, Piano

    Quote ‘Music‘ – 2002,  Baritone, Piano

    1. Thoreau
    2. Shakespeare
    3. Aristotle
    4. Pope
    5. Santayana
    6. Congreve
    7. Lambert
    8. Hugo
    9. Tolstoy
    10. Nietzsche

    I Am the One – 2002,  Soprano, Piano

    Streams of Sound – 1985,  Soprano, Piano


    Vocal Ensemble:

    And This Shall Be For Music – 2006,  Soprano, Tenor, Piano

    1. The Perfect Rose
    2. i carry your heart with me
    3. You’re the Poetry of Me
    4. And This Shall Be For Music


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