Adjunct Instructor of Piano
School of Music & Theatre
DMA, Bowling Green State University
MM, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
BM, Brandon University
Between performances in old warehouses, basements, 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 embarked on a multi-year project, Mozart in a Month, where he learned and performed 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, creating the narrative recital Choosing Joy, a program celebrating his wife's recent victory over the disease. Post-pandemic plans include the premiere performance of Love Endures, a narrative recital celebrating the birth of their first daughter, featuring Liszt’s Sonata in b minor.
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, and Bowling Green State University. Presently, Jeff continues to freelance as a solo and collaborative pianist, as well as serving as Adjunct Instructor of Piano at Heidelberg University and Suzuki Piano Instructor at the Toledo Symphony School of Music.