Between performances in old warehouses, basements, church sanctuaries, art museums, sculpture gardens and traditional concert halls, wearing tuxedos with tails or jeans and sock feet, playing old music and new, Jeff Manchur is committed to creating diverse and challenging musical experiences for audiences across the United States and Canada.
He has performed Morton Feldman’s iconic 4 hour and 45 minute-long “For Philip Guston" with Chamber Cartel in Atlanta and regularly performs on the toy piano (he owns two), appearing across the USA at the inaugural Omaha Under the Radar, and the BGSU, Studio 300, and Tutti New Music festivals.
Jeff is equally dedicated to the classical canon, and contemporary music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Beginning in August of 2018, he will embark on a 3-year project, Mozart in a Month, where he will learn and perform all 18 of Mozart's Piano Sonatas, chronicling his journey on social media, and through written and audio/video updates.
The husband of a breast cancer survivor, Jeff has taken a keen interest in using music to tell stories and connect audiences. In 2018, he began performing the narrative recital Choosing Joy, a program celebrating his wife's recent victory over the disease. Using a variety of repertoire, the program shares the love, fear, and struggles of fighting cancer so early in their marriage. He will be using the program to raise awareness, support and funds for breast cancer victims, caregivers, and cancer support organizations throughout the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons.
His early piano studies were with Sandra Dowhan in Dauphin, Manitoba before completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance, studying with Joan Miller, Paul Barnes, Thomas Rosenkranz, and Louis Nagel. Jeff is dedicated to sharing his love of music through performing, blogging and teaching. He has served on the faculties of Marietta College, Heidelberg University, and Bowling Green State University. Presently, Jeff continues to freelance as a solo and collaborative pianist, as well as serving on the Suzuki piano faculty of the Toledo Symphony School of Music.