Concerts & Events
Robert Chen has been concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999. During his years as the CSO concertmaster, he has been featured as soloist with Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit, Ton Koopman, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko, Nicholas Kraemer and James Conlon. He gave the CSO premiere of György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, Elliott Carter’s Violin Concerto, and Witold Lutoslawski’s Chain Two, as well as the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Astral Canticle.
In addition to his duties as concertmaster, Chen enjoys a solo career that include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra of Hanover, Asia Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony, collaborating with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Pavel Kogan and Andreas Delfs.
An avid chamber musician, Chen has performed with Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Emanuel Ax, Mitsuko Uchida, Lynn Harrell, and János Starker. A frequent participant at numerous festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, and the Schloss Moritzburg Festival, he also has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro and is a founding member of the Johannes Quartet.
Prior to joining the CSO, Robert Chen won first prize in the Hanover International Violin Competition. As part of that prize, he recorded Tchaikovsky’s complete violin works for the Berlin Klassics label.
A native of Taiwan, Robert Chen began his violin studies at the age of seven. He continued his studies with Robert Lipsett when he and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1979. While in Los Angeles, he participated in Jascha Heifetz’s master classes. Chen received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki.
In his free time, he enjoys relaxing at home with his wife Laura and two children, Beatrice and Noah.
Pianist Matthew Hagle’s performances are often noted for their musical understanding, imaginative programming, and beauty of sound. The New York Times has described him as “a sensitive pianist”, Clavier Magazine has praised the “rare clarity and sweetness” of his playing, and the Springfield (MA.) Republican remarked that he “played with unaffected brilliance and profound understanding”. The adventurousness of his programming received favorable commentary on Australian national radio, covering his performances in the Sydney International Piano Competition. His recital appearances often explore the 20th and 21st century repertoire as well as lesser-known older works, finding ways to integrate these hidden treasures into the standard repertoire through thoughtful programming and committed performance. He has recently finished performing the 32 Beethoven Sonatas in a series of live recitals on radio station WFMT in Chicago.
A resident of the Chicago area, Hagle has performed at local venues including the Ravinia Festival, Symphony Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center; he has also been heard in concert halls throughout the United States, including the National Gallery of Art, Symphony Space in New York, and at the United States Supreme Court, as well as in concert halls in England, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Japan. Mr. Hagle performs frequently on radio station WFMT in Chicago, and has also been heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” and Minnesota Public Radio’s “St. Paul Sunday Morning”. He is valued as a collaborator by many artists: for many years, he has been the principal recital partner of violinist Rachel Barton Pine. He also frequently performs as a piano duo with his wife Mio Isoda-Hagle. Other chamber music performances have been with the Parker Quartet, the Avalon Quartet, Quintet Attacca, and with members of the Chicago Symphony.
Mr. Hagle is a dedicated teacher of piano, music theory, and composition, whose students have won high honors in local and national competitions. He is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, where he is director of the Musicianship program in addition to his teaching duties. He has also taught at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, at Elmhurst College, and at the International Institute for Young Musicians at the Universities of Kansas and California at Santa Barbara. A comfortable speaker on diverse musical subjects, he likes to use this ability to draw connections between very new and older music, or between music and other art forms. In his spare time he likes to read on a variety of subjects, and to spend time with his two children.
Matthew Hagle is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (B.M.) and of Yale University (M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A), receiving faculty prizes in piano, accompanying, and music theory. While at Yale, he also received a Fulbright Scholarship to study piano privately in London. His teachers have been Claude Frank, Robert Weirich, Donald Currier and Maria Curcio Diamand
Ketevan Kartvelishvili was born to a family of physicists in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her extraordinary talent was recognized at the age of five. When she was twelve, she made her debut performance with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. Ketevan has won first place in numerous International Competitions in the USA including: the William C. Byrd Young Artists International Piano Competition held in Flint, Michigan, 2011; the 36th Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition in Kankakee, Illinois, 2012; the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Scholarship Competition, 2013; the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in New Paltz, New York, 2013; and the American Protege International Concerto Competition in New York City, 2014. Ketevan was a finalist in the Professional Category at the Seattle International Piano Competition, Seattle, Washington, 2015.
In 2017, Ketevan released her debut solo CD, “The Chase”, Blue Griffin record label.
Ketevan gave a performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2014. She performed at Benaroya Recital Hall in 2015. Ketevan gave a solo recitals at Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the PianoForte Foundation, as well as performing in a live broadcast on WFMT, all in Chicago. Ketevan was invited as a guest solo artist in many other venues across the USA.
Ketevan has performed with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Glacier Symphony and Chorale,the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest and the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra.
In 2009, Ketevan moved to the United States and joined the world renowned Alexander Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University South Bend. She received Artist and Performer Diplomas while studying there. She regularly participated Toradze’s Studio recitals, as well as solo and chamber recitals. In 2010, she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate for her solo recital from Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.
Ketevan graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory where she received a B.M., an M.M., and an Assistantship. She was awarded third prize and a laureate title in the 5th Marco Polo International Piano Competition in Greece in 1999. That same year, she received a grant from the pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. She regularly performed solo and chamber recitals all over Georgia and other countries in Europe.
Ketevan has studied under several masters, including Alexander Toradze, Tengiz Amirejibi, Rusudan Begishvili, and Eter Gunia.
2 poems Op.32
Etude Op.8 No.12
Scherzo No.1 Op.20 in B Minor
“Une Barque sur L’ocean”
” Alborada del Gracioso”
THE ZODIAC TRIO
(Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin; Riko Higuma, piano)
The Zodiac Trio enjoys an international concert schedule that consistently spans three continents and is recognized by many to be one of the foremost clarinet-violin-piano ensembles performing today. Since its formation in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music in NY (the trio later studied at the Paris Conservatory with the Ysaye Quartet), the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.
The Zodiac Trio’s extensive touring schedule has brought it to many premiere international leading venues such as Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Izumi Hall in Japan, Lincoln Center in New York; Four Seasons Performing Arts Center in Toronto; to name just a few. It maintains a strong presence on the North American chamber music circuit, frequenting foremost concert series such as Chicago Chamber Music, UCLA Clark Memorial Library, Tulsa Chamber Music, Vancouver Chamber Music Society, Schneider Series, Houston Friends of Chamber Music, Matinee Musicale, along with many, many others.
Their performances have been broadcast by France 3 Television, Italy’s RAI 4 Radio, Radio Classique, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR and WNYC, Chicago’s WFMT, Boston’s WGBH’s and Radio France in Paris.
Boasting a consistently international touring schedule, the Zodiac Trio has performed throughout Canada, United States, Japan, Europe and most of China’s main cultural metropolises, having given three extensive tours of the country in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The ensemble has been critically praised for its “impeccable technique” (Fanfare Magazine), “remarkable musicality of rare intensity” (La Tribune, France), “seemingly effortless ease” (San Angelo Standard Times), “truly exceptional and sublime talent,” (Nice-Matin, France); and declared by the French newspaper La Marseillaise as “one the best chamber ensembles of its generation…” In addition to performing, the ensemble has been invited to present master classes and clinics at such institutions as Roosevelt University, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, San Fransisco Conservatory, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Kansas, Tulsa University, University of Missouri, Western Michigan University, Colorado College, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Western State College of Colorado, Southeastern University of OK, China Conservatory of Beijing, and many others. Notably, in 2013, the Zodiac Trio collaborated with esteemed, Grammy-award winning composer Richard Danielpour on a new work written for and commissioned by the ensemble.
The Zodiac Trio was originally formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. Shortly after, the Zodiac Trio was first brought to the attention of the international chamber music scene in a feature by the London-based international MUSO magazine, praising the Trio for “bringing a rare combination of instruments into the spotlight by unearthing old repertoire and commissioning new music.” During its early years as apprentice of the Ysaÿe Quartet at the Paris Conservatory, the trio made its mark on the international competition circuit, garnering multiple prizes in the U.S. and Europe.
The Zodiac Trio is founder of the esteemed international Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France that invites highly advanced students and pre-professionals to spend two weeks performing on the Côte D’Azur and studying with an internationally-renowned faculty, lead by the Zodiac Trio. More information is available at www.zodiacfestival.com.
Jeanne y Paul (arrangement Riko Higuma)
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
The Devil’s Last Challenge (World Premiere)
Top 10 Billboard artist Helen Jane Long is one of the most popular and versatile award winning British composers and pianists. She is well known for her memorable cinematic compositions. Helen has written extensively for film and television, composing music for some of the worlds most lucrative brands. She has released six piano albums and has been streamed over one billion times on US Pandora radio alone!
This concert is being offered for the benefit of Lakeview Orchestra
Donations gratefully accepted
Keith Norbutt is an actuary by day, flutist by night, currently living in Chicago. Originally from Pittsburgh, he earned a bachelor of music degree from Duquesne University, studying with Bernard Goldberg and Wendy Webb Kumer. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. An avid chamber musician, Keith specializes in arranging pieces for flute ensembles of various sizes, from duos to full flute choirs. He also performs frequently with the Lakeview Orchestra in Chicago, and currently studies with Emma Gerstein. Keith is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Don Broderick studied organ and piano at Duquesne University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in performance with a concentration in sacred music. He has served as music director, choir director and organist at numerous churches in the Pittsburgh area, and is currently assistant organist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shadyside. Don is also an information technology professional and, during daylight hours, works as a web developer for Reed Smith LLP.
Maggie Broderick is a flutist, linguist and educator in the Pittsburgh area. She studied flute at Duquesne University, earning a bachelor of music education, and also holds a Ph.D. in foreign language education from the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches online classes and mentors Ph.D. students at a variety of institutions.
Jennifer Wilhelms is a flutist, teacher and writer based in Chicago. She performs frequently with the Chicago Composers Orchestra, and recently joined the faculty at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park. This fall she will launch a statewide recital tour which features music with ties to Illinois. Jennifer’s research currently focuses on late 19th– and early 20th-century pedagogical concepts.
Romance, Op. 37
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033
4. Menuett I & II
Gabriel Fauré, arr. Trevor Wye
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
J.S. Bach, arr. Keith Norbutt
Benedictus, from Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Latin American Flute Album
1. Por el Camino Pelao
2. Maracaibo en la Noche
3. ¡El Diablo Suelto!
Suite de Trois Morceaux, Op. 116
In celebration of the release of their much-anticipated debut CD, Blue Violet Duo presents fresh works for violin and piano by American composers in a colorful array of styles — jazz, blues, ragtime, and even rock. With special guests Victor Sotelo, cello and Brady Miller, drums. www.bluevioletduo.com
Blue Violet Duo was formed in 2013, born of a friendship as well as a musical kinship from a shared educational background and interest in exploring the duo repertoire. The Chicago-based duo enjoyed immediate recognition, winning a competition that led to their performance in Weill Hall in New York in February of 2014. They have since performed recitals throughout the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Cultural Center, St. John Cantius Cathedral, Merit School of Music “Live from Gottlieb” series, Chicago Artists Month, the David Adler Center, PianoForte Studios, Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Noonday Concert Series, the Northbrook Public Library Fine Arts Series and the Oak Brook Public Library. They have had repeat engagements on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, broadcast live on WFMT Chicago 98.7 FM.
Guest artists: Victor Sotelo, cello and Brady Miller, percussion
Gershwin arr. Heifetz
Porgy and Bess Suite
Two Pieces for Violin and Piano
Graceful Ghost Rag
Café Music for piano trio
Live Flamenco Show “Dicen por alli que de lo autentico y puro poco” Singer: Francisco Orozco “Yiyi”, Guitar player: Juan Manuel Alconchel, local artists Guitar player: Mehran Jalili, Dancer: Maya Tatiana, Dancer: Cristina Gutierrez, Dancer: Wilmer Contreras, Cajon Player: Harris Sirbubalo
Ivan Vargas nace en el 1985 en GRANADA en el Sacromonte, concretamente en la cueva de “La Rocío” donde da sus primeros pasos de mano de su familia, los Maya. Pertenece a esta dinastía de grandes bailaores como son Juan Andrés Maya, Mario Maya, Manolete y acompañados a la guitarra del maestro Juan Maya “Marote”. Con tan sólo 4 años ya se da a conocer al gran público interviniendo en varios programas televisivos y más adelante bailando a diario en la Cueva de “La Rocío”. Posteriormente baila en tablaos de Madrid como Casa Patas, Corral de la Pacheca o Café de Chinitas. Ha participado en gran cantidad de obras y espectáculos con su tío Juan Andrés Maya como el Nacimiento o La Pasion , tambien destacamos su participación en la Bienal de Sevilla de 1992 y en el espectáculo “Muerte en Granada” con la “Fura dels Baus” junto a Javier Latorre y Eva la yerbabuena , así como sus actuaciones en el 2004 en el Festival de Jerez con la Compañía de Marío Maya y junto con Estrella Morente en el Festival de Música y Danza de Granada en ese mismo año.
Durante los años 2012, 2013 y 2014 recorre multitud de países, como Japón , Brasil, costa rica, republica checa y Francia con su espectáculo YO MISMO estrenado en el Festival de las Cuevas de Granada. En 2013 participa en importantes festivales como: el Festival Internacional de Albuquerque, los Jueves Flamencos de Cajasol , los Veranos del Corral, el Festival de Otoño de Granada y el Festival de Praga. Este mismo año imparte talleres en Brasil, Japón, Estados Unidos, Costa Rica, Mexico y España. En 2014 participa en el Festival de Tokio junto a grandes artistas como Pastora Galvan, Mercedes Ruiz o la Moneta. En 2015 estrena nuevo proyecto en el prestigioso Festival de Jerez con gran éxito de publico y critica . En 2017 importante su participacion en la Bienal de malaga , en los Veranos del corral de Granada y en el Festival ibérica contemporánea de Mexico .
Este mismo año actua en el prestigioso Tablao el cordobes de Barcelona y en las noches flamencas de la escuela internacional de flamenco Manolete con gran éxito Actualmente sigue impartiendo cursos y girando con sus últimos espectáculos FLAMENCO DE RAIZ y SAVIA NUEVA por importantes programaciones y festivales .
Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim will give a solo piano concert, featuring her newest album ‘Over. Above. Beyond.’
Jeeyoon’s concert events combine dazzling technical mastery and profound musicianship with her personal commentary on stage. The ‘Over. Above. Beyond.’ concert will also feature a unique collaboration with newly commissioned visual art by NY based illustrator, Moonsub Shin. Each of the twelve drawings by Mr. Shin depicts a movement of Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, nicknamed the ‘philosophical variations’.
Audiences will experience a more engaging way of listening to a classical concert with her commentary on stage. It is one-hour concert without an intermission
“As a pianist, one of the most rewarding moments is when I feel that I have lifted someone’s soul with my playing and when I feel that I am deeply connected with listeners in the very moment of sharing music. It has became clear to me that it is why I make music. Through ‘Over. Above. Beyond.’, my wish is to give an audience a sense of hope, lightness, and a new beginning. These are pieces that have given me a sense of joy, weightlessness, and peace. Join me for this special flight and receive what music has given to us. Together let’s fly Over. Above. Beyond! -Jeeyoon
Some testimonials about Jeeyoon Kim:
“A unique experience of shared feeling…In that sharing we find ourselves…” -from the Carnegie Hall debut review
“In addition to her mastery of the instrument, Jeeyoon’s music-making transcends the piano, and has the ability to transport the listener directly into the world of the composer. So captivating and powerful…” -Demarre McGill, Principal Flute at Seattle Symphony
“Beautiful control of the Instrument, superior technique, and all of that emotion shows up in her sound as well as watching her. I am awed by her talent. It would be criminal for the world not to hear Jeeyoon perform.” -Gary Walters, performing artist and jazz pianist
Jeeyoon received her Doctorate of Music and Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with her sold-out 10 More Minutes Concert in December, 2017 and was a winner of the 2017-18 season of the Beverly Hills National Audition for classical musicians.
A native of South Korea, Kim has traveled the globe with performances at such venues as PianoForte Salon Live Series, live broadcasting on classical music radio stations in Chicago and San Diego, KUSI TV in San Diego, WFMT, 98.7, Nichols Hall in Evanston, Illinois, Graves Recital Hall in Columbus, Ohio, Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, at the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Austria among many others. Other recent performances include “Arts in August” concert series in Evansville, Indiana, Stradivari Society in Chicago, Parisian Salon Concert Series in Chicago and San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Series, collaborating with other musicians such as violinist Philippe Quint and cellist Johannes Moser.
The Inheritance weaves an unforgettable tale of a prodigal daughter’s tumultuous reunion with her past as she concedes to the dying wish of the family’s matriarch. Love, Drugs & Southern Discomfort, served up Piping Hot!
Monica L. Patton
Currently performing in the Broadway National Tour of The Book of Mormon, Monica is the author of the steamy, psychological thriller–Beautiful Carnage. She has worked with such notables as Jesse Norman, Diahann Carroll, and Freda Payne. She covered Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s’ Cinderella and sang opposite Jon Secada as the Narrator in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Her other credits include; Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, Abby’s Song, and Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Little Ham. National Tours: Disney’s The Lion King, Annie 30th Anniversary; City Center Encores: On The Town, Pipe Dream, Fanny, Anyone Can Whistle, Purlie, Finian’s Rainbow and Applause. When Monica is not writing or performing, one can find her perched on a stool having a craft cocktail.
You can catch Bobby onstage across America in Disney’s Aladdin. His career has crossed into stage, film, tv, and radio. His Broadway credits include: After Midnight, Shrek the Musical, The Color Purple, The Lion King, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Dreamgirls and The Wiz. He is also a recipient of an Outstanding Individual Performance Award for his work in the 2010 NYMF production of The Great Unknown. As a songwriter, he penned the theme song to the ABC-TV soap Loving, which was performed by Johnny Mathis. He was a 9-time male vocalist winner on Ed McMahon’s Star Search and has appeared on television in Law and Order and ED (among others).
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PianoForte Studios is located at 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.
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- 1234 S Michigan Avenue Garage – ParkMichigan Self Park Garage – Entrance on Michigan Avenue – Credit Card Only
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
We are located on the east side of Michigan Avenue two blocks south of Roosevelt Rd. The address is 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. Our concert hall is on the 2nd Floor.
Where should I park?
Please see the Parking Section above.
Is there handicap access?
We have an elevator in the back of our building. The elevator is keyed and will require a staff member to escort you. If you aren’t able to take the stairs please enter the front door of the building and ring the doorbell directly ahead of you in the entry area. One of our staff will be down shortly to help.
I bought tickets online, how will I receive them?
When buying your tickets online your name is added to our door list. There is no need to print or bring any ticket or confirmation. When you arrive at the concert hall you will simply be asked for your name, it will be checked against our door list, and you will be free to take your seat. There is no need to print tickets or payment confirmation.
How many seats are in the hall? Is seating assigned or general?
Our concert hall seats a maximum of 100 people. We generally have chairs set up for 65 to 80 depending on the event. All of our concerts are general admission unless otherwise noted in the event description.
Can I buy tickets at the door?
Generally, yes. Unless a concert is extremely popular we will have tickets available at the door. You can pay either by cash or card.
How early should I arrive? What time will doors open?
The door open time depends on the artists and how long they feel they need to rehearse before the concert. In general doors will open 15 to 30 minutes before the event start time. We recommend arriving 10 to 20 minutes before the concert start time to get a seat and settle in before the show starts.