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.


Chamber Ensemble

Lament – 2018, Oboe, Horn in F, Piano

Mixed Doubles - 2018, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Double Bass - Commissioned and premiered by 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 by and premiered in 2011 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

Echo​ - 2018, Shakuhachi (or Alto Flute) - Commissioned by Omomuki Foundation

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