Concerts & Events
Pianist Olga Rikova Ridgway has delighted audiences internationally with depth of musicality and technical brilliance. Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan she graduated from Tashkent State Conservatory and subsequently studied at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium. Moving to Chicago in 2003, she studied at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, receiving an Artist Diploma in piano and Master’s in Piano Performance. Olga received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University. She studied with Ludmila Lazar and Alan Chow in Chicago, and Genya Paley in New York City.
Olga was awarded numerous prizes and awards including first prize at the Union League Competition, she was a prizewinner at the Thaviu-Issak Piano competition, Ibla Grand Prize International Piano Competition, Musician Club of Women Piano Competition (Farewell Award) and Central Asian Piano Competition.
Olga has performed as recitalist, chamber player and orchestral soloist in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy and throughout the United States. Most recent appearances include performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Merkin Hall in New York City and Carnegie (Weill) recital hall.
Sarai Buchanan has performed around the world as a soloist and collaborative artist. She has appeared at numerous international music festivals, including the International Music Academies in Cremona, Italy and Regensburg, Germany; the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy; and the American Fine Arts Festival in the Republic of Georgia. In 2016 she formed Duo Raíz with Mexican-born guitarist Andrea Salcedo, and held their debut recital at Pianoforte Salon in Chicago. Sarai performs in various New York City venues, including Merkin Hall and Shephard Recital Hall at the City College of New York.
Sarai holds a graduate degree from CUNY – The City College of New York. Before moving to New York, Sarai pursued her undergraduate degree in her native city at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Her principal teachers include Genya Paley, Alison Deane, and Sladjana Jovanovik. She is currently on the piano faculties at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Music Conservatory of Westchester.
Featuring the artistry of Olivia Doig, Christina Giuca, Becky Guderian, Caitleen Kahn, JinUk Lee, Quinn Middleman, and Patrick Shelton
Lynx Project is a nonprofit arts initiative whose mission is to connect communities and share voices through communicative and innovative art song performances. With programs such as Snapshots of Every Voice, Tangled Webs, and the Autism Advocacy Project, Lynx’s intimate and inclusive performances challenge the traditional format of an art song recital. Lynx Project seeks to provide a platform for new voices in art song, and engage audiences with thought-provoking musical experiences.
Award-winning concert pianist, Julia Siciliano has been heralded as a musician with “fabulous creative power” by the Bonn General-Anzeiger. Ms. Siciliano has become a well-respected and anticipated rising talent on the world stage, being invited as a solo artist by many prestigious orchestras, and festivals, most recently with the Motor City Symphony. A winner of many local and international piano competitions, Julia has won top prizes at the Heida Hermanns International Competition, Iowa Piano Competition, MTNA National Competition, and Beethoven Sonata Competition. Active as a chamber musician, Julia has been invited to perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, and has given numerous recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars Amanda Pabyan, Eric Owens, and Marina Domashenko.
Julia has an active performing career in both solo and chamber music capacities across stages in North America, Central America, Europe, and Asia. She has performed multiple times live on Chicago radio station WFMT, Detroit’s historic Scarab Club, Cincinnati Music Hall, the Bulgarian Consulate in New York City, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Falcone Borsellino in Ragusa, Italy, Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Teatro Nacional of Gautemala, Parvis de l’église Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Cannes, Chateau Haute Sarpe in St. Emilion, and Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn.
Her debut solo album “Dream Catchers”, a two disc album featuring small scale works by Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Ravel and Debussy, released in 2016 to great acclaim. Fanfare Magazine declared “this release has merit as a career milestone” and leaves “no doubt about the devotion and seriousness of Siciliano’s approach to music.” Gramophone Magazine praised her “fine technique and natural musicality” pinpointing her “masterful delicacy, harmonic motion, and timing” in Debussy’s Images II.
Siciliano holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Nelita True, and the University of Michigan, where she studied with Logan Skelton.
“It pays tribute to Fred Rogers’ music and spirit in a fashion that glows with respect and carries over some of the powerful messages of the show itself. It’s delicate and moving and one of the highlights of the year’s music so far.” – Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
A Steinway artist with multiple #1 releases, Chad Lawson has a different approach to classical music; don’t make it classical.
His 2018 release, re:piano, pushes the envelope of the piano ’sounds’ like with the album composed of loops, effects and layers of textured landscapes. all from a piano. Lawson was invited to share his approach to re:piano on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon and continues to garner press across the Globe.
In 2015, his release The Chopin Variations, caught the attention of CBS TV’s Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and PRI’s Performance Today. Along with the violinist from Lady Gaga and the cellist from Kanye West, the trio has turned the classical world on its head as it has ‘deconstructed Chopin’ into a modern-day/minimalist landscape. The Huffington Post called it “Intricate elegance” while NPR’s All Things Considered said “You haven’t heard the Polish composer performed the way Chad Lawson plays him.” Lawson simply wanted to re-introduce Chopin to the Spotify generation. The generation where genres no longer apply. The generation that hears only two styles of music; good or bad.
Chad is the official composer for the Amazon television series, Lore, in addition to the podcast titled the same. His music has also been used for The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, Viceland and numerous commercial placements have included clients such as IBM, Microsoft, Purina, Delta Airlines, USB Financial, Asprey of London and many more.
U.S. Tour Dates:
April 28, 2019 – Cathedral of the Incarnation / Garden City, NY
April 30, 2019 – Pianoforte Foundation / Chicago, IL
May 8, 2019 – The Herbst Theatre / San Francisco, CA
US Media Contact:
Karen Lee @ Evolution Promotion
Text 617.285.1243 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Evolution Promotion introduced the magic of Ludovico Einaudi to the US and his success story continues to defy musical boundaries around the globe. We are thrilled to embark on a new journey with extraordinary talent,
Chad Lawson, who is inspiring the Spotify Generation with his unique musical genius” – Evolution Promotion
Worldly recognized, renowned American critic Ted Gioia (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc) included Horacio Lavanderas ECM recording with music by Dino Saluzzi in the Top 20 Best Albums of the year in 2015. It was recorded in Oslo by one industry legend, the German producer Manfred Eicher.
Award-winning pianist Horacio Lavandera presents at PianoForte a program including pieces for piano by Dino Saluzzi and classic masterpieces works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
12 Variations on “Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman” (‘Twinkle, twinkle’), K.265 (300e)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata no.23 “Appassionata”, in F minor, op.57
Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto
Dino Saluzzi (1935*)
La Casa 13
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Moment Musicaux D.780, op. 94
Nr. 3 F minor
Impromptus D.899, op. 90
Nr. 1 Allegro molto moderato C minor
Nr. 2 Allegro E flat
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Variations sérieuses in D minor, op 54
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Someone to Watch Over Me
‘S Wonderful / Funny Face
I Got Rhythm
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PianoForte Studios is located at 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.
The easiest way to find parking near us is by using SpotHero. Click on their logo below to be redirected to their website.
If you prefer to go directly to a garage or lot, here is a list of a few in the area:
- 1234 S Michigan Avenue Garage – ParkMichigan Self Park Garage – Entrance on Michigan Avenue – Credit Card Only
- 1255 S Michigan Avenue Garage – Sky55 – Entrance on S 13th St – Credit Card Only
- 1408 S Wabash Avenue – Open Air Lot – Entrance on Wabash Avenue
Street parking on our block is unmetered, but finding a spot can be difficult at most times of the day. One block south of us there is metered street parking. We recommend having a backup plan if you decide to try to park on the street.
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.