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May
2
Wed
The Chicago Chapter of the American Liszt Society Presents: Alexandre Dossin in Recital
May 2 @ 7:30 pm
The Chicago Chapter of the American Liszt Society Presents: Alexandre Dossin in Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Considered by Martha Argerich an “extraordinary musician” and by the international critic a “phenomenon” and “a master of contrasts,” Steinway Artist Alexandre Dossin keeps an active performing, recording and teaching careers.

Currently a Professor of Piano at the University of Oregon School of Music, Alexandre Dossin is a graduate from the University of Texas-Austin and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia. He was assistant of Sergei Dorensky at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow, Russia) and Willliam Race and Gregory Allen at University of Texas at Austin (USA).

A prizewinner in several international piano competitions, Dossin received the First Prize and the Special Prize at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other international awards include the Silver Medal and second Honorable Mention in the Maria Callas Grand Prix, and Third Prize and Special Prize in the Mozart International Piano Competition, in addition to several prizes in Brazil.

An active recording artist, he has 15 CDs released with several labels, including 6 CDs with Naxos and 6 editions/recordings for Schirmer. His work was praised in reviews by Diapason, The Financial Times, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Clavier and other international publications.

Dossin is the Vice President of the American Liszt Society, the President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Liszt Society and is one of the recipients of the prestigious 2015-2016 Faculty Fund for Excellence at the University of Oregon, where he also chairs the piano department.

www.dossin.net


Program:

F. Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne Op. 9/1 in B-Flat Minor
Ballade Op. 23 in G minor

F. Liszt (1811-1886)
Sonata in B minor, S. 178

Intermission

W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata in A Major, K. 331
Andante grazioso
Menuetto. Trio
Alla Turca: Allegretto

F. Liszt (1811-1886)
Valse de l’opéra Faust de Ch. Gounod, S. 407

May
4
Fri
Ilya Friedberg Variation Project: Bach Goldberg Variations
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Ilya Friedberg Variation Project: Bach Goldberg Variations @ PianoForte Studios

Pianist of the Bloomington Trio, Ilya Friedberg has been described as an “Artist who puts his listener to a musical magic”  by pianist Menahem Pressler. Ilya’s music has taken him to Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Jerusalem Theater, Small Philharmonic Hall of St. Petersburg, and various venues across United States, South America, Israel, and Europe.

Ilya is a passionate chamber musician and is a sought-after collaborator among the members of Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Carol Vaness, Timothy Noble, Mark Kaplan, Alissa Margulis, Alexander Buzlov, and Pacifica Quartet who described him as an “Exceptional chamber musician

In the fall of 2017, his creative force has enabled him to successfully launch the inaugural Variation Project. It is a collaboration between Ilya, J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and 20 composers. The project excitedly combines Ilya’s two passions as a pianist/composer. His compositions include “Boheme Fantasy for Viola and Piano”, Breaking Silence series, and “6 Studies on Extended Technique for Piano Solo”

Being a passionate educator, Ilya finds working with the new generation of pianists fun and inspiring. He has given masterclasses at Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, Adamant Music School, and at Stellenbosch International Piano Competition where he was invited as a Jury Member. He worked as an assistant to pianist Menahem Pressler and is an active artist-faculty at Indiana University’s Summer String Academy, and Sonad Project

Born in Moscow, Ilya stepped into the world of music by watching his mother teach piano. Soon after he started his education at Gnesin School for Gifted Children. After immigrating to Israel, he studied piano with Luisa Yoffi and was influenced by Lazar Bendersky and Vladimir Silva. He continued his education at Oberlin with Sanford Margolis and at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler. His other musical influences are legendary jazz master David Baker, pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, composers Claude Baker and Douglas Hofstadter.

With flutist Roy Amotz, his first cd “Dreams” featuring works of Reinecke and Rachmaninoff is available on Amazon Streaming and iTunes.

May
13
Sun
SongShop Mother’s Day Gala
May 13 @ 5:00 pm
SongShop Mother's Day Gala @ PianoForte Studios

Award-winning SongShop offers its annual gala concert in two acts. With Mark Burnell and Paul Coscino at the pianos, the roster of singers includes Bernard Hall, Carrie Hedges, Dan Johnson, Jonathan Lewis, Larry Smith, Leona Zions, Lynda Gordon, Mary Joyce, Marilena Serbanescu, Patrick Davis, Ruth Fuerst, and Vivian Beckford. With comedy and revelation, Broadway to Motown, mothers are on center stage.

Suggested donation $20. VIP seating $35. 

Reservations taken at their RSVP page (http://songshoplive.com/rsvp or call 773.509.9360

May
17
Thu
Lynne Arriale Trio
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Lynne Arriale Trio @ PianoForte Studios
Lynne Arriale, piano
Matt Ulery, bass
Jon Deitemyer, drums
To hear highlights of “Give Us These Days”:

Lynne Arriale’s music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices.
— JazzTimes

Lynne Arriale will be releasing her 14th CD as a leader May 15, 2018 with her debut on Challenge Records. “Give Us These Days,” is ambitious both in its conception and its unbridled sense of wonder. The six originals and three arrangements on this CD lead, ever so gently, to the chambers of the heart, there to reflect upon the precious and ephemeral nature of existence. What emerges is the theme of this record, brilliantly illuminated by the title track.

Arriale’s playing throughout this record is powerful; informed by rigorous classical training, prodigious technique, and seemingly boundless creativity. Her music exhibits a purity, unfettered by ego, and is lifted by a palpable sense of spiritual equanimity.

“The poet laureate of her generation” (Jazz Police), Arriale’s performances and recordings with her trio have been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, leader, composer, and arranger.

The world’s great jazz festivals and concert stages have invited Lynne to perform, including five performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea, Stuttgart, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Zagreb, Perth, Brisbane, Rouen, Cannes MIDEM, Sardinia, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Estoril, Palermo, Inverness, Cork and San Javier.

Her 13 CDs as a leader have topped the Jazzweek Radio Charts
and were included on numerous “Best Of” lists, including The New Yorker, United Press International, JAZZIZ and JazzTimes.

Lynne Arriale’s brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day.
— New York Times

She belongs among the poets. Truly distinctive, her improvisations weave a seductive combination of lyricism and muscle.
— The London Times

May
18
Fri
Brahms Sonatas with Robert Chen
May 18 @ 7:00 pm
Brahms Sonatas with Robert Chen @ PianoForte Studios

Presenting the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms:

Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 “Regen”
I. Vivace, ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato

Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 “Thun”
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo – Vivace
III. Allegretto grazioso, quasi Andante

Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
IV. Presto agitato

May
23
Wed
Orion Ensemble Concert Four: Quintessential Quintets
May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Orion Ensemble Concert Four: Quintessential Quintets @ PianoForte Studios

Guest Violin: Mathias Tacke

Guest Viola: Stephen Boe

Carl Maria von Weber
QUINTET in B-Flat Major for Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 34

George Gershwin
LULLABY for String Quartet (1919)

Antonín Dvořák
QUINTET No. 2 in A Major for String Quartet and Piano, Op. 81

May
25
Fri
Civic Orchestra Fellows Shared Recital
May 25 @ 7:30 pm
Civic Orchestra Fellows Shared Recital @ PianoForte Studios

The Civic Fellowship Program immerses fourteen emerging professional musicians in rigorous training that enhances their membership in the Civic Orchestra. Through an array of experiences designed to build and diversify creative and professional skills, the program empowers participants realize their full potential as artistically excellent, collaborative, civically engaged, and entrepreneurial musicians. Fellows serve as facilitators for special projects led by Yo-Yo Ma, perform at Symphony Center as well as in schools and communities across the city, mentor young musicians, design and implement community engagement projects, and more.


Heitor Villa-Lobos
Pequena Suite
1. Romancette
2. Legendaria
3. Melodia
4. Gavotte

Eugene Ysaye
Solo Cello Sonata

-Denielle Wilson, cello

Bach
Suite No. 3 in G major for solo Cello
Allemande
Courante
Bouree I & II

Stefano Scodannibio
Alisei

Sofia Gubaidulina
Selected Etudes

Carl Friedrich Abel
Piece for solo viol

-Joe Bauer, double bass

Daniel Schnyder
subZERO Concerto for Bass Trombone and Piano
1. subZERO
2. Samā’ī Thaqīl
3. ZOOM OUT

Thora Borch / arr. Marcin Grochowina
Skyerne gråne (The Sky Darkens)

-Robin Schulze, bass trombone
-Yoko Yamada, piano

May
30
Wed
Felix Piano Trio
May 30 @ 7:00 pm
Felix Piano Trio @ PianoForte Studios

The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with PianoForte Foundation, is pleased to present a concert of music by the Felix Piano Trio by the following musicians:

Catia Capua, piano

Matteo Scarpelli, violoncello

Riccardo Renato Bonaccini, violin

Program

Joseph Haydn (15′)
Trio No. 39 “Gipsy”
Andante
Poco Adagio
Rondo all’Ongarese

Ludwig van Beethoven (18′)
Trio No. 4 in Sib maggiore Op. 11
Allegro con brio
Adagio
Allegretto con variazioni

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (23′)
Trio No. 1 in re minore Op. 43
Molto allegro ed agitato
Andante con moto tranquillo
Scherzo. Leggero e vivace
Finale. Allegro assai appassionato

Jacob Fiastri (6′)
Burlesque


For tickets or more information visit the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-by-the-felix-piano-trio-tickets-45208300243

Jun
3
Sun
The Mack Sisters Piano Duo
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm
The Mack Sisters Piano Duo @ PianoForte Studios

Japanese born pianists, Yuki and Tomoko Mack, have dazzled audiences on three continents. Their performances include a broad range of piano works – anywhere from chamber to orchestral music, both as soloists and as a piano duo.

After winning strong recognition as soloists, Yuki and Tomoko partnered to form the award-winning piano duo, “The Mack Sisters”. Together, they’ve won top prizes in several international competitions. Most notably, in 2006 they were selected as Steinway Artists – joining an impressive roster of world renown pianists.

Beyond the main-stage, they’ve performed live on the radio in Sweden, Italy, Poland and the United States.

Currently, Yuki and Tomoko reside in Michigan. With their deep roots in the musical community, they’ve established themselves as highly sought after educators and performing artists.

Their debut album “Rhapsody”, was followed by other recordings, including “American Mosaic”, “Fantasy”, and “Danse Montage” – all of which exhibit their unique sense of interpretation and flawless technique.

For information on booking, contact:
Sally Sanfield Artist Management
ssanfield@aol.com
(248) 626-0948


Program:

Anton Dvorak
Slavonic Dance Op. 72, No. 5 in B flat minor
Slavonic Dance Op. 72, No. 1 in B minor

Manuel de Falla
Spanish Dance No. 1 and No. 2

Bedrich Smetana
Moldau from “Ma Vlast”

Valery Gavrilin
Selections from “Sketches”
Musketeers
Little Clock
Waltz
Tarantella

Franz List
Tass, Lament and Triumph

Alexandre Tsomaia: Piano Recital
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm
Alexandre Tsomaia: Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Hailed as “Particularly impressive” by the Wall Street Journal, Alexandre Tsomaia, made his debut at the Newport Festival in Rhode Island, where he premiered 24 preludes of the Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze in North America. At a young age he appeared as soloist with several orchestras in Georgia, as well as in solo recitals. At the age of 14, he was accepted at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. During his time in the United States, he has appeared as a featured soloist at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, He has appeared on NPR’s “From TheTop” Alexandre has performed at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre with the members of the Toradze piano studio, receiving high acclaim from the New York Times. In March 2006 he won the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition. Alexandre was “Artist in Residence in Polish Music” while he was a performance diploma student and associate piano instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His teachers include Evelyne Brancart, Edward Auer and George Vatchnadze. Currently, Alexandre is an Assistant Music Director at the St. Barnabas Church in Chicago as well as a piano Instructor at Ravinia Lawndale School and Lyriq School of Music. Recent highlights in Alexandre’s career include performance at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the “Myra Hess” concert series, recital at the Beverly Arts Center and at the Chopin Theatre of Chicago, solo recital and a masterclass at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as solo piano recital at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire.


J. S Bach
English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
Prelude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Bourrée I
Bourrée II
Gigue

L. V Beethoven
Sonata in F minor, op. 57 “Appassionata”
Allegro assai
Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto

Intermission

Wendy Wan-Ki Lee
MACROMUSOPHAGY

Nikolai Medtner
Sonata Reminiscenza, Op. 38, No. 1

F. Chopin
Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48, No. 2

Nocturne in D Flat Major Op 27, No. 2

Ballade no. 3 A flat major, Op 47





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