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Concerts & Events

Concerts & Events

Feb
23
Fri
Chopin IN the City 2018: Chopin Goes Jazz with Deanna Witkowski
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm
Chopin IN the City 2018: Chopin Goes Jazz with Deanna Witkowski @ PianoForte Studios

“Chopin IN the City” is a celebration of the life and genius of Frederic Chopin displayed in a rich program of concerts, presentations, film screenings, and music workshops, aimed at audiences of all age groups and backgrounds.  The program will showcase a wide range of forms and styles of music including classical, jazz, and world music – all integrating Chopin’s compositions.

The focus of the festival, is to promote the music of Frederic Chopin, among devoted followers, and to raise awareness of his musical genius among audiences who may not be familiar with Chopin and his musical compositions.

For other events in the series visit: http://soundsandnotes.org/event/chopin-in-the-city-february-22-march1-2018/


Deanna Witkowski

Witkowski is an astonishingly versatile bandleader.
–Time Out New York

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a past guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, New York-based pianist/composer/arranger Deanna Witkowski has been heralded for her “consistently thrilling” playing and her “boundless imagination” (All Music Guide). Her six albums include Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, a solo piano session that seamlessly combines jazz, classical, and Brazilian music; three jazz quartet recordings; and the liturgical jazz release, From This Place, with music ranging from threepart women’s a cappella to SATB pieces with instrumental jazz trio. Her brand new trio recording, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns, features twelve of her congregational jazz hymn arrangements along with a corresponding sheet music songbook.

Witkowski’s body of work includes eighty sacred music originals and arrangements, including two jazz Masses, choral works, and congregational songs. Her new SATB song, “We Walk in Love,” was recently selected for the inaugural Justice Choir songbook, curated by Abbie Betinis and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Accolades in 2017 include winning the Annual Hymn Search of The Hymn Society in the US and Canada (for her congregational song, “We Belong to God”); the ChoralArt New England Carol Contest (for her a cappella choral setting of the G.K. Chesterton poem, “A Christmas Carol”), and the Colorado Chorale commission contest for women composers. In 2016, she won the Illinois-ACDA Choral Composition Contest and the Lutheran Arts-sponsored Martin Luther Hymn Prize. In 2015, Witkowski was selected for the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, where she worked with five playwrights to compose five music theater pieces in two weeks’ time.

A frequent presenter on jazz and spirituality, Witkowski was the opening lecturer at the 2011 William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies lecture series at Nazareth College. In 2013, her performance/talk, Jazz and Proverb: A Musical Portrait of Wisdom in the Work of Four Female Artists was featured at the biannual International Thomas Merton Society meeting.

As a 2017 recipient of the Sacatar Institute Fellowship, Witkowski will spend two months in the spring of 2018 in Bahia, Brazil doing research related to her New York Foundation for the Arts fiscally sponsored project, the Nossa Senhora Suite. NSS will merge Afro-Brazilian ritual music and jazz in a new work for Witkowski’s jazz quartet plus four vocalists, exploring different versions of the Virgin Mary in Brazil, such as Nossa Senhora Aparecida (patron saint of Brazil) and Iemanjá (goddess of the seas).

Fluent in Portuguese, Witkowski has toured three times in Brazil, appearing at the Recife Jazz Festival and Modern Sound in Rio de Janeiro. She has led her own groups at the Recife Jazz Festival and the Tel Aviv Opera House. In 2004, she toured internationally as the pianist for vocalist Lizz Wright; from 2006- 2016, she was the pianist in the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra.

Witkowski holds a M.A. in jazz piano performance from the City College of New York and a B.M. in classical piano performance from Wheaton College (IL).

deannajazz.com

Feb
25
Sun
Jean-Michel Pilc | Solo Piano
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Feb
28
Wed
Concert to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s Death
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm
Concert to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Gioachino Rossini's Death @ PianoForte Studios

Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the PianoForte Foundation.

Laura Perkett, soprano
Adrianne Blanks, mezzo-soprano
Justin Berkowitz, tenor
Dianel Johanson, bass-baritone
Roberta Terchi Nocentini, piano


Program:

First half
– La serenata (from Soirées musicales), Laura Perkett, Justin Berkowitz
– Cruda sorte (from L’Italiana in Algeri), Adrianne Blanks
– Li marinari (from Soirées musicales), Justin Berkowitz, Daniel Johanson
– Una voce poco fa (from Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Laura Perkett
– Ai capricci della sorte (from L’Italiana in Algeri), Adrianne Blanks, Daniel Johanson
– Zitto zitto piano piano (from La Cenerentola), Laura Perkett, Adrianne Blanks, Justin
Berkowitz, Daniel Johanson

Second half
– La pesca (from Soirées musicales), Laura Perkett, Adrianne Blanks
– Ecco ridente in cielo (from Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Justin Berkowitz
– Per piacere alla signora (from Il Turco in Italia), Laura Perkett, Daniel JohansonPerkett
– Un soave non so che (from La Cenerentola), Adrianne Blanks, Justin Berkowitz
– La calunnia (from Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Daniel Johanson
– Dal tuo stellato soglio (from Mosè in Egitto) , Laura Perkett, Adrianne Blanks, Justin Berkowitz,
Daniel Johanson

Encore: La Danza (from Soirées musicales), Laura Perkett, Adrianne Blanks, Justin Berkowitz,
Daniel Johanson


Free and open to the public.

Reservations kindly requested.

Mar
1
Thu
Dillon Mansour Trio – Upstairs at PianoForte
Mar 1 @ 8:30 pm
Dillon Mansour Trio - Upstairs at PianoForte @ PianoForte Studios

Dillon Mansour Trio is a project committed to allowing all genres of music influence it’s work. Taking as much influence from jazz as hip hop as classical as minimalism, the trio finds a way to organically blend numerous styles, with an overarching theme of improvisation and limitlessness.

Dillon Mansour – “I’m Home”


This is the first of a new series hosted by PianoForte in our Upstairs concert venue. The series will focus on emerging artists and offer audience members a chance to experience new music and artists in an up close and personal atmosphere.

Sponsored by PianoForte, this series offers artists a venue and high-quality audio and video recordings free of charge. Because the goal of these concerts is to help new artists grow an audience, ticket prices are “Pay What You Want.” This allows access to anyone who may be interested but still lets audiences support the artist as they see fit.

Ticket sales will be split 80% (musicians) / 20% (venue) until PianoForte’s operating costs are covered at which point 100% of ticket sales will go to the artist.

After purchasing tickets your name will be added to our Door List. You do not need to print or retrieve tickets in advance. Seating is offered on a first come first served basis.

Mar
4
Sun
F Plus and Unheard-of//Ensemble
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm
F Plus and Unheard-of//Ensemble @ PianoForte Studios

F-PLUS and Unheard-of//Ensemble share a concert at Pianoforte Studios in Chicago, following their shared appearance on the New York New Fusion Festival at Carnegie Hall in December. Both groups present favorite pieces from their repertoire, including a world premiere by Andrew Rodriguez.


F-PLUS:

Roger Zare (b. 1985)
Lunation 1113 (2013, rev. 2016)

Anna Meadors (b. 1989)
Doorways (2017)

Andrew Rodriguez (b. 1989)
I’m Sorry, I’m Really Sorry (2018)
*World Premiere*

D. Edward Davis (b. 1980)
Nest of Shadows (2017)

Unheard-of//Ensemble:

Reiko Füting
procession– process: peace (dona nobis pacem)

Erin Rogers
Family Picnic 2008

Nickitas Demos
Frontlash

Mar
7
Wed
Orion Ensemble Concert Three: Old Meets New
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm
Orion Ensemble Concert Three: Old Meets New @ PianoForte Studios

Guest Viola: Stephen Boe

Max Bruch
Selections from EIGHT PIECES for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83

Gideon Klein
TRIO for Violin, Viola and Cello (1944)

Sebastian Huydts
WORLD PREMIERE for 25th Anniversary

Gabriel Fauré
QUARTET No. 1 in C Minor for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano, Op. 15

Mar
8
Thu
Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion: Night People | Live Album Recording – Concert 1
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm
Impressionistic jazz pianist Dennis Luxion joins romantic vocalist Petra van Nuis to present “Night People” an intimate evening of songs that celebrate and embrace the beauty of night. This concert will be recorded to be used on Dennis and Petra’s duo album, “Night People.” A second concert with the same program will be performed on March 14th.

Petra van Nuis

Petra van Nuis is a jazz vocalist who has been described in Downbeat Magazine as having “a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence.” A former dancer and Cincinnati native, Petra came to Chicago in 2004 via New York City with her husband, jazz guitarist Andy Brown. Petra performs regularly at Chicago’s prominent venues including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Fitzgerald’s, and Andy’s Jazz Club. Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs has presented Petra’s groups at the Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago Summer Dance. The Jazz Institute of Chicago has featured Petra’s Recession Seven band at the Chicago Jazz Festival and Jazz City. Outside of Chicago, Petra plays at jazz festivals such as the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party, the Roswell Jazz Festival, and Joe Boughton’s Chautauqua Jazz Party with such renowned musicians as Dan Barrett, Nicki Parrott, Ken Peplowski, John Di Martino, Dan Block, Scott Robinson, Frank Tate, Hal Smith, Rossano Sportiello, and Duke Heitger. Internationally, Petra has toured in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada with highlights including the Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, Canada), the Gorinchem Jazz Festival (the Netherlands’ oldest jazz festival), and the Jazzhaus Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany). Petra has recorded four CDs and her 2009 release “Far Away Places” was re-issued in Japan on the Japanese label Muzak.

For more info visit: www.petrasings.com


Dennis Luxion

Dennis Luxion is a jazz pianist, composer and educator. He is currently on the piano faculty of Columbia College Chicago and an active member of the Chicago jazz scene as a top-call sideman and as a leader of his own ensembles. Born in Springfield, IL, Dennis attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Early in his career, Luxion moved to Europe and was quickly integrated into the international jazz scene. From 1979 to 1983, Luxion made a number of recordings, television and radio appearances, and tours throughout Europe with trumpeter Chet Baker. Since coming back to Chicago, Luxion has worked with local and international stars such as: Jackie Allen, Steve Allen, Conte Candoli, Carla Cook, Ernest Dawkins, Von Freeman, Bill Frisell, Marquis Hill, Sheila Jordan, Morgana King, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacey, Howard Levy, Wilbur Little, Sal Nistico, Houston Person, Claudio Roditi, Archie Shepp, Gunther Schuller, Ira Sullivan, and Toots Thielemans, among others. In 2012, Luxion toured Southern Africa with the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet as part of the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program administered by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Luxion’s compositions and arrangements have been featured on many recordings including Chet Baker’s “Leaving.” Luxion’s musical outlook is eclectic. Although principally a jazz artist, his interests and studies have led him to classical composition, East Indian music, Latin drumming and West African drumming.

For more info visit: www.dennisluxion.com


PianoForte Chicago’s jazz concerts are hosted in partnership with WDCB.

To find out more about them and what they do tune in to 90.9 FM or visit: https://wdcb.org/

Mar
9
Fri
RESCHEDULED – Sandra Shapiro | Piano Recital: In My Father’s Footsteps  —  A Daughter’s Search for Answers
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm
RESCHEDULED - Sandra Shapiro | Piano Recital: In My Father’s Footsteps  --  A Daughter’s Search for Answers @ PianoForte Studios

Due to inclement weather near Sandra’s home this concert, originally scheduled for January 13th, has been rescheduled for March 9th.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Tickets purchased for this concert will be honored on that date. If you purchased a ticket and would like a refund please contact matt@pianofortechicago.com.

PROGRAM
In My Father’s Footsteps  —  A Daughter’s Search for Answers

Anatol Lyadov (1855 – 1914)
Two Mazurkas, Op. 15 (1887)
Mazurka in A Major – Allegretto
Mazurka in D minor – Allegro

 Mazurka Rustique in G major, Op. 31 #1 (1893)

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60 (1845)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1942)
Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42 (1931)

INTERMISSION

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960 (1828)
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace con delicatezza. Trio
IV. Allegro ma non troppo


NOTES ABOUT THE PROGRAM

In My Father’s Footsteps-A Daughter’s Search for Answers is the first narrative in a four-part project titled Musical Roots: An Exploration of Cultural Heritage and Musical Influences.

The project had its genesis in 2004 upon discovering a very old letter from Moscow written to my father and my attempt to locate its author. Born in Russia in 1923, my father died when I was quite young. Never having known him as an adult, and with my curiosity piqued, I began my quest to learn about his life and journey to America which traversed five continents. In My Father’s Footsteps is the story of discovering the man called ”Abba” (Hebrew for father), by tracing his journey through life. His story became my story and the impetus to explore my cultural heritage and musical influences.

Finding answers to my many questions proved to be challenging due to the chaos of  war-times records as well as limited access to records located in Russia. However with time, what I was able to discover was a story beyond anything I could have imagined. My father’s life unfolded as a fantastic portrayal of courage and perseverance in pursuing his dreams.

Questions were answered and new discoveries about his life came via hours of research through archives as well as through personal accounts relayed to me. I was fortunate to eventually find and meet the author of the letter that began this journey, as well as people who knew him or his family in Russia.

The biggest discovery arrived last April when someone “found” me via my website and contacted me. She was writing her family memoirs and had devoted an entire chapter to my father who was their family doctor when she was a child in a displaced person’s camp in Germany. The family developed a very close relationship with my father that continued until he passed away.

It was through her that I learned he escaped from the Russian Army into which he was drafted to serve as a medic while he was still a student studying medecine in Odessa. When the army was stationed in Berlin, he learned that he was going to be sent back to Russian and placed in a Gulag. With a great deal of help, he was able to manage a daring escape to an American army base in Augsburg, Germany. In Augsburg, it was detrmined that he was eligible for refugee status and was placed in the Foehrenwald DP Camp where he served as a doctor.

From Foehrenwald, he was relocated for a brief time to Argentina via an incredible boat trip around Africa which completely redefined his world as he knew it. From Argentina he was recruited to the newly formed Israel where he met and married my mother, and shortly after my brother was born, they came to America where I was born.

The culmination of this exploration and incredible journey inspired me to create a series of four stories relayed via musical narratives (recitals). The first two narratives explore the roles of my Russian and Israeli cultural heritage, the third narrative is devoted to my musical influences, and the final one addresses composers who either immigrated to America or were exiled to other countries, and composers who visited other countries and were influenced compositionally by their cultures.

The music presented in this recital will reflect what I was able to learn about my father’s life, and is dedicated to all who have found the courage to pursue their dreams for a better life for themselves and/or their families.


ABOUT THE ARTIST 

“A sensitive, passionate and noble Muse…Compelling…Brilliant…Liquid sound and colors..Great artistry…”, are descriptions that have been attributed to pianist, Sandra Shapiro.

Ms. Shapiro enjoys an active career as performer, teacher, adjudicator and recording artist throughout the United States and Europe. Known as a versatile performer, she appears as soloist both in recitals and with orchestras, and as a highly sought-after chamber musician in the Unted States and Europe. She has received national and international awards along with glowing reviews and recognition in each of these areas.

This season marks the debut of Ms. Shapiro’s four-part project entitled: “Musical Roots-An Exploration of Cultural Heritage and Musical Influences”.  As the daughter and sister of Russian-Israeli immigrants, Ms. Shapiro has devoted Parts I and II of the project to examine the role each of these cultures has had in shaping her musical orientation and has chosen musical works to reflect her family’s journey and rich heritage. Further information about the project, can be found on Ms. Shapiro’s website: www.Sandra-Shapiro.com.

Ms. Shapiro began her studies at the age of three and a half, and by age 11, was performing in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras. Because of her prodigious talent, Ms. Shapiro left home at age 15 to study at the Juilliard School upon the recommendation of her mentor, Gina Bachauer. Her teacher’s and greatest musical influsences include Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Nadia Reisenberg, Pierre Sancan and Guido Agosti.

Ms. Shapiro’s performances have taken her throughout most major cities in the United States and Europe. She has been featured in radio and television productions for RIAS Berlin; Sudwestfunk Radio Production, PBS; WQXR, NPR McGrawHill Young Artist Showcase, Australian Broadcasting Commission and NPR.

As a soloist, orchestral appearances include the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Stuttgart Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Belgrade String Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, Florida Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Everett Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, as well as Cleveland Orchestra appearances at both Severance Hall and the Blossom Music Festival.

The laureate of many National and International Competitions, awards and prizes include First Prizes in the Young Musician’s Foundation National Debut Competition, and The World Piano Competition, as well as a laureate in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. Other recognitions include the “Outstanding Chamber Musician Award” from the University of Southern California, and the “Young Maestro Award” from the Peabody Institute of Music.

As a member of the renowned duo-piano team of Hecht & Shapiro, other laureates include winning the Munich International Duo Piano Competition, the Ellis National Duo Piano Competition, and top prizes in the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, and the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition.

Her great love for chamber music has led to collaborations with Truls Mork, Peter Rejto, Stanley Drucker, Mats Lidstrom, Franklin Cohen, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson and members of the New York Philharmonic on the New York Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series.

Ms. Shapiro has performed extensively as a duo with Czech violinist, Ivan Zenaty. Their partnership has taken them throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Highlights include recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Prague Spring Festival, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Series in the famed Rudolfinum, and the Palau de la Música de Valencia.

The duo’s first joint recording consisting of the Strauss Sonata and Martinu Sonata H.303. received a rave review from Gramophone Magazine’s feature of highlights in September, citing “they breathe as one, shaping phrases with utmost unanimity of purpose and flexibility..whets the appetite for more of their distinctive artistry”.

Additional recordings include “Sentimiento” on the Azica label as well as a collaboration with the principal wind players of the New York Philharmonic in an album entitled “The Complete Music of Robert Schumann for Winds and Piano”.

An experienced and recognized teacher, Ms. Shapiro is highly sought-after for master classes, symposiums, faculty and student evaluations, and adjudication both nationally and internationally. Her students have garnered awards and top prizes in numerous competitions, as well as securing positions in highly-regarded schools and universities.

As a member of the Artist-Teaching faculty, Ms. Shapiro’s summer residencies have included the Montecito International Music Festival and continue with MusicFest Perugia. She is a member of the Piano and Chamber Music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, former Visiting Chamber Music Teaching Artist at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and an alumni teaching artist for The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Global Partnership Program.

Ms. Shapiro is a Steinway Artist.

Mar
14
Wed
Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion: Night People | Live Album Recording – Concert 2
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm
Impressionistic jazz pianist Dennis Luxion joins romantic vocalist Petra van Nuis to present “Night People” an intimate evening of songs that celebrate and embrace the beauty of night. This concert will be recorded to be used on Dennis and Petra’s duo album, “Night People.” A previous concert with the same program will be performed on March 8th.

Petra van Nuis

Petra van Nuis is a jazz vocalist who has been described in Downbeat Magazine as having “a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence.” A former dancer and Cincinnati native, Petra came to Chicago in 2004 via New York City with her husband, jazz guitarist Andy Brown. Petra performs regularly at Chicago’s prominent venues including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Fitzgerald’s, and Andy’s Jazz Club. Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs has presented Petra’s groups at the Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago Summer Dance. The Jazz Institute of Chicago has featured Petra’s Recession Seven band at the Chicago Jazz Festival and Jazz City. Outside of Chicago, Petra plays at jazz festivals such as the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party, the Roswell Jazz Festival, and Joe Boughton’s Chautauqua Jazz Party with such renowned musicians as Dan Barrett, Nicki Parrott, Ken Peplowski, John Di Martino, Dan Block, Scott Robinson, Frank Tate, Hal Smith, Rossano Sportiello, and Duke Heitger. Internationally, Petra has toured in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada with highlights including the Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, Canada), the Gorinchem Jazz Festival (the Netherlands’ oldest jazz festival), and the Jazzhaus Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany). Petra has recorded four CDs and her 2009 release “Far Away Places” was re-issued in Japan on the Japanese label Muzak.

For more info visit: www.petrasings.com


Dennis Luxion

Dennis Luxion is a jazz pianist, composer and educator. He is currently on the piano faculty of Columbia College Chicago and an active member of the Chicago jazz scene as a top-call sideman and as a leader of his own ensembles. Born in Springfield, IL, Dennis attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Early in his career, Luxion moved to Europe and was quickly integrated into the international jazz scene. From 1979 to 1983, Luxion made a number of recordings, television and radio appearances, and tours throughout Europe with trumpeter Chet Baker. Since coming back to Chicago, Luxion has worked with local and international stars such as: Jackie Allen, Steve Allen, Conte Candoli, Carla Cook, Ernest Dawkins, Von Freeman, Bill Frisell, Marquis Hill, Sheila Jordan, Morgana King, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacey, Howard Levy, Wilbur Little, Sal Nistico, Houston Person, Claudio Roditi, Archie Shepp, Gunther Schuller, Ira Sullivan, and Toots Thielemans, among others. In 2012, Luxion toured Southern Africa with the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet as part of the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program administered by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Luxion’s compositions and arrangements have been featured on many recordings including Chet Baker’s “Leaving.” Luxion’s musical outlook is eclectic. Although principally a jazz artist, his interests and studies have led him to classical composition, East Indian music, Latin drumming and West African drumming.

For more info visit: www.dennisluxion.com


PianoForte Chicago’s jazz concerts are hosted in partnership with WDCB.

To find out more about them and what they do tune in to 90.9 FM or visit: https://wdcb.org/

Mar
17
Sat
Katherine Petersen | In Search of Lost Time: Musical Evocations of Memory
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm
Katherine Petersen | In Search of Lost Time: Musical Evocations of Memory @ PianoForte Studios

Described as a “strong and exciting performer” who plays with “musical feeling and great technical skill” by the New York Classical Review, Katherine Petersen enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician and soloist. She has collaborated with artists such as Charles Castleman, Matt Haimovitz, Sara Laimon, and Michal Schmidt, and has appeared at venues such as the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the Empire Saal at Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, Jordan Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Additionally she was invited to perform the inaugural concert of the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the American University. A founding member of ensemble Duo FAE, Ms. Petersen collaborates frequently with violinist Charlene Kluegel. The duo has recently been featured on the Journées de la Culture Series in Quebec, and many other series across Canada and the United States.

An active collaborative pianist, Petersen has held staff positions at Conservatory and Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Killington Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Recently she was also a competition pianist for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s Standard Life Competition. Additional summer festival performances include those at the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, Castleman Quartet Program, Yellow Barn YAP, Heifetz Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Ms. Petersen received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Vivian Weilerstein. She went on to attend the Schulich School of Music of McGill University for her Masters and DMus under the tutelage of Stéphane Lemelin and Sara Laimon, where she was a recipient of the Harold Helm and Provost Fellowships, the Schulich and Graduate Excellence Scholarships, the Susan Tajra Scholarship for pianists, harpsichordists and organists, and the Dale Bartlett Prize for Collaborative Pianists.

In her free time, she is an avid cyclist and enjoys watching sci-fi movies. She also makes a mean cheesecake.


Program:

John Cage
“in a landscape”
Aaron Copland
Sonata
Mohammed Fairouz
Piano Sonata No. 3 “Proust Among the Nations”




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