Marko Churnchetz

Marko C.

Ridgewood, NY
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Marko delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Marko Churnchetz (Slovenian spelling Črnčec) is known as a formidable young multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer who easily works across genres and in particular jazz, classical and popular music.

Churnchetz was born May 15, 1986 in Maribor, Slovenia and by the age of age six his musical path began by studying
 classical music on accordion and then piano at the age of ten. A prodigious talent, by his teens he was a multiple award-winner in both national and international competitions, and he earned a classical piano degree in 2005 as well as jazz piano degree at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria in 2009.

Churnchetz has released four albums as a leader. Signature and Moral Interchange (both released in 2010 on B.A.S.E.). His third album, Devotion (Whirlwind Recordings, 2014), featuring Mark Shim (saxophone), Chris Tordini (double bass) and Justin Brown (drums) was selected among 20 Best Jazz records of 2014 by All About Jazz!

Marko has performed or recorded with the following notable artists: Seamus Blake, Rez Abbasi, Bob Mintzer, Joe Locke, Alex Sipiagin, John Ellis, Don Menza, Michael Phillip Mossman, Ron McClure, Luis Bonilla, Gary Chaffee, Mark Shim, Justin Brown, Marco Minnemann, Marcus Gilmore, and many others.

He has played on major festivals and clubs around the world, like: Brosella Jazz Festival, Havana Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Club NYC, Jazz Standard NYC, Unterfahrt Jazz Club Munich, Porgy and Bess Vienna, Vienna Konzerthaus, Jazz Festival Sarajevo, Jazz Festival Belgrade, Jazz Festival Ljubljana, Tangente Jazz Club Liechenstein, Salsa Festival Barcelona, Ohrid Music Festival, Nishville Jazz Festival, Rovinj Salsa Festival, Dubrovnik Music Festival, Stockholm A-Capella Festival, Sava Centar Belgrade, Gramercy Theater NYC, Gregorys Jazz Club Rome, Sunside Sunset Paris, and many others…

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Private teacher for Classical and Jazz Piano, Accordion, Bass Guitar and Drums
Jan 2008 - Nov 2017

Piano and Theory Teacher
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Private Music School B.A.S.E.


Master Degree in Performing Arts
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009
Conservatory for Music and Performing Arts Graz
Bachelor Degree in Classical Piano
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005
Conservatory for Music and Ballet Maribor


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Album "DEVOTION" among 20 BEST jazz albums in 2014
Dec 2014
All About Jazz
1st Award in Classical Piano
May 2003
1st Award in Classical Piano
Jul 2001

Photos & Videos

Photo by Marko C.

Performing with a tango group TANGO COMPAS at amazing hall Sava Centar in Belgrade, led by the famous violin player Stefan Milenkovich.
Solo piano performance at RTV Studio, Koper, Slovenia on June 10th 2015.
Photo by Marko C.

Photo by Marko C.

Marko Churnchetz Trio, Live in Lenart, Slovenia. 
May 2016
Promotional Video of Marko Churnchetz's latest album RUTHENIA.
Teaching at Jazzinty Summer Camp. Photo taken with students at the final recital of the camp.
(August 2017)

Teaching at Jazzinty Summer Camp. Photo taken with students at the Modern Composition Class.
(August 2017)
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3 Reviews

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Tina Oct 31, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Marko is outstanding!
He is a phenomenal piano instructor and extremly talented musician. He is punctual, responsible, and has a flexible schedule. He is able to adapt to my learning style and level of skill effortlessly. Marko has helped me tremendously with my sight reading and technique. Those eager to learn from an accomplished and versatile musician should look no further. I highly reccomend taking lessons with him!

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Matt Oct 28, 2017
Piano · Online

Fantastic teacher, I would highly recommend for any style especially jazz or classical, wonderful to work with. I'm excited for the next lesson, thanks Marko

Myles Oct 28, 2017
Piano · In studio

Marko not only sets a great example as far as technique and musicality are concerned, but he understands how to push me in the right ways to improve my playing. I feel like our lessons are very fun and laid-back while still moving forward at a good pace for me.
In particular, he has really helped me to understand music theory and rhythm.

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