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Sep
13
Fri
Canto Zenzero “The Singing Gingers” – An Evening of Classical Hits
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Canto Zenzero "The Singing Gingers" - An Evening of Classical Hits @ PianoForte Studios

Sopranos
Kathleen Monson
Ginny Weant
Mezzo-Soprano
Brynn Bixby
Pianist
Riko Higuma

Canto Zenzero, “The Singing Gingers” is a group of talented, classically trained, red-headed, sopranos. With a wide repertoire of sound, these ginger vocalists bring class, and style to a number of genres. Vocalist include sopranos Kathleen Monson, Ginny Weant and mezzo soprano Bryn Bixby. They are joined by world renowned pianist Riko Higuma. As individual singers each brings to the group and impressive list of accomplishments including performances in, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, Fidelio, Tannhäuser, Alcina, The Pirates of Penzance, Brigadoon and A Christmas Carol. In addition the ladies of Canto Zenzero have been featured with companies such as, The New York Philharmonic, Disney Cruise Lines, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, NoIO, On Site Opera, The Princeton Festival, Utah Lyric Opera, Opernfest Prague, and Chicago Choral Scholars. Performing both nationally and internationally Canto Zenzero is sure to delight and entertain you.

Canto Zenzero fuses the talents of our artists to create a stunning performance that seamlessly crosses the boundaries of musical genres. Our vocalists each have a formal music education and vocal training in the fields of classical music, musical theater, and folk songs. Each concert combines multiple genres, blending together a well-rounded and satisfying concert experience. We believe that our concerts have something for everyone.

Sep
19
Thu
Greg Spero
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Greg Spero @ PianoForte Studios

Come support Rosey’s M.S. Foundation to help fight the battle of Multiple Sclerosis while listening to the soothing sounds of Pianist/Composer/Producer Greg Spero. Spero is the mastermind behind the rhythmically- charged, groove-oriented, and genre-bending SPIRIT FINGERS. Spero was the long-time pianist for pop singer/songwriter Halsey. Spero is also an alumus of the Miles Davis Electric Band.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to our research partner at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Department of Microbiology- Immunology.

Seating is limited to 100 people.

Sep
28
Sat
FilAm Music Foundation NFP Presents A Violin and Piano Duo Recital with Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin Victor Santiago Asunción, piano
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FilAm Music Foundation NFP Presents A Violin and Piano Duo Recital with Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin Victor Santiago Asunción, piano @ PianoForte Studios
Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin and Victor Santiago Asunción, piano will perform works by Beethoven, Frank, and Abelardo.

Victor Santiago Asunción, Piano
Pianist Victor Santiago Asunción is recognized as an artist of innate musical sensitivity, spirited temperament, and superb technique. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, he has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. He made is orchestral debut at the age of eighteen with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Zeev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Bobby McFerrin, and Mei-Ann Chen. A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, Susanna Gilmore, James Buswell, James Dunham, Ronald Leonard, Susanne Mentzer, H.K. Gruber, John O’Connor, Marc Neikrug, Liang Wang, and Catalin Rotaru; and the Dover, Emerson, Sao Paulo, Serafin, and Vega string quartets. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival. He also was the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. His recordings include the complete sonatas of Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov with cellist Joseph Johnson, and Rachmaninov’s sonata and works arranged by Gregor Piatigorsky with cellist Evan Drachman. He also is featured in the award-winning recording Song My Father Taught Me with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and Chicago’s WFMT. In addition to his active performing career, he is sought after as a piano, vocal, and chamber music coach. He received his doctor of musical arts degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Asunción is a Steinway Artist.

Diomedes Saraza, Violin
Born to a family of musicians, Diomedes Saraza first showed interest in the violin at the age of three and began his studies on the instrument with his father. He began formal lessons at the age of five, studying under Virna Valerio at St. Scholastica’s College of Music (Philippines), and later with Basilio Manalo and Arturo Molina.

Saraza made his solo recital debut at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and at the Pasig Music Festival, and in 2002, won first place at the National Music Competition for the Young Artists. In 2003, he made his concert debut “The Gift” at the CCP and was awarded to be one of the best performances for 2003 in the Philippines.

He moved to New York to pursue his studies in violin in the Mannes College Preparatory Division under the tutelage of respected violin pedagogue, Dr. Chin Kim. In 2008, He won the Mannes Concerto Competition granting him the opportunity to a performance with the Mannes Philharmonic under the baton of  Mr. Michael Adelson. Later that year, he became the concertmaster of the Mannes Philharmonic.

Saraza has performed with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble at Julia Richman Auditorium in New York and was a prizewinner of the Juilliard Schools’s William Schuman Competition and was also featured in Juilliard’s all-sonata concert “Sonatenabend”.

Aside from his achievements in music, Diomedes was the first Filipino chosen as a recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for President Obama’s Education Awards Program. He was also a member of the National Honor Society throughout high school and was part of the Varsity Math team for three consecutive years. In addition, he was named one of the “11 Awe Inspiring People of 2011” by Inquirer Lifestyle, Philippines.

Oct
10
Thu
A Musical Voyage of Venetian Baroque
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Musical Voyage of Venetian Baroque @ PianoForte Studios

This event is free and open to the public. Please register to reserve your seat.

Gianluca Campi, accordion
Arianna Menesini, cello
Laura Lanzetti, piano

PROGRAM:

  1. Marcello
    Adagio
  2. Vivaldi
    Fantasia sulle 4 stagioni
  3. Albinoni
    Adagio

Rondò Veneziano
Medley

Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with PianoForte Foundation

Born in Genoa in 1976, Gianluca Campi began studying accordion at the age of 11, under the direction of Giorgio Bicchieri. At 12 years of age, he participated and won the Vercelli international competition for accordion and later participated in the Italian championship, held in Genoa, where he ranked again in 1st place, gaining huge success. At the age of 13 he took part in the international competition of Vercelli, ranking 1st and receiving compliments from Wolmer Beltrami, who called him a “child prodige” and the “Paganini of the accordion”. In 2000 he won the world accordion trophy, held in Alcobaça, Portugal. He has performed in prestigious concert halls throughout Italy, and in important festivals throughout the world. In 1998 he collaborated with the orchestra of the N. Paganini Conservatory in Genoa, performing in various Italian theaters and abroad, the Kammermusik 1 by Paul Hindemit under the guidance of director Gianmarco Bosio. He played as an accordion soloist in many prestigious orchestras, such as that of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, under the baton of Maestro and Composer Nicola Piovani. He currently works with the Poseidon Orchestra conducted by Maestro Roberto Bacchini. He has collaborated with various chamber ensembles. He is currently the only performer in the world of the “M.Dallapè” Liturgical accordion, which is permanently housed in the Vatican. Along with his intense concert activity, he also teaches at the Center Musical Genovese E.Mancini and holds master classes in Italy and Germany. He is frequently asked to serve on the jury for for the most important national and international accordion competitions. He has the authro of many compositions for accordion, published by Edizioni Berben and Sonytus.

Arianna Menesini graduated in 1993 with the highest marks under the guidance of M. Chen Arianna Menesini and obtained the Diplome in 1996 de Perfectionement at the Conservatoire Superieure de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, obtaining a scholarship for the achievement of the Prix de Virtuositèe. At a very young age, she began collaborating as 1st cello with the Genovese Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Mozart of Milan, the Milan Chamber Orchestra and the Angelicum Orchestra. In 1997 she won the scholarship announced by the G.O.G concert season in Genoa, for the constitution of the Ensemble, “Aulodia”, aimed at specializing in the interpretation of modern music and contemporary, directed by M ° P.Borgonovo. She has collaborated with the orchestras of prestigious concert halls, such as Teatro Carlo Felice di Genoa, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Regio di Parma, Philharmonic Orchestra of Verona, Classical Orchestra of Alessandria, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, United Europe Chamber Orchestra and the Orchester des Rencontres Musicales de Lausanne-CH-, performing both as concertino and 1st cello. She is the cello soloist and artistic director of the group “Rondò Veneziano” with which she still performs in the most important concert halls in Europe, North American and Russia. She conceived and founded the Dodecacellos groups and the Muses. In addition, her recordings include: “Four Seasons” by A..Piazzola, Rondò Veneziano XXV ° Anniversary, RondoVeneziano Kammer Orchestra, as well as various cinematographic, television and theatrical soundtracks.

Laura Lanzetti graduated with the highest marks in Piano and Music Education at the “Paganini” Conservatory of Genoa. She continued her specialization in Bucharest and Novara at the Icons Academy with Marian Mika as a teacher and mentor. She has received awards in numerous national and international competitions and enjoys an intense and active career in Italy and abroad as part of various chamber ensembles. She has collaborated with prestigious theaters such as the Teatro Nuovo and the Lingotto Auditorium in Turin, Carlo Felice from Genoa, the Rome Auditorium, and MITO in Milan. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music. As a soloist she has worked with the Italian Opera Orchestra in various productions such as the complete Bach concert series. She has participated in four editions of the Italian Festival Style Chicago and Italian Expo. For the anniversary of the Unification of Italy, she performed a world premiere composition in London at the Chamber of Commerce Gala on the occasion of the “Dolce Vita”. Lanzetti also performed during the “Carnevale degli Animali” tour by Vinicio Capossela. In addition, she performed at the Opening Concert for the Italian transfer of the Presidency in the European Community in Ankara, organized by the Embassy. Under the patronage of the Consulate General of Japan in Milan, she organized the “WA” event “on the tea routes” as part of the Rocca Grimalda International Classical Music Festival (AL). Laura Lanzanetti recorded the “Oriental” CD recently released by Fortuna Records.

Free and open to the public

Oct
12
Sat
Christian Kälberer performs Bach’s Die Kunst Der Fuge (Art of the Fugue)
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Christian Kälberer performs Bach's Die Kunst Der Fuge (Art of the Fugue) @ PianoForte Studios

Christian Kälberer will perform the original version of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. This tour marks 275 years since the date of composition.

The Art of Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach is regarded as the most fundamental achievement of musical history which, in the version of the print edition, also belongs to the unquestioned canon of interpretive history. The burden of the work had hitherto been so heavy that one could easily overlook the fragmentary and sometimes foreign character of this version.

But there is a history of the work; whoever wants to come to Bach’s only self-contained version must go to the earliest possible version: The clean autograph score from 1740 ff, which is the only version both complete in itself and written entirely by Bach’s hand. It has so far not been edited retrospectively. The pianist Christian Kälberer mounted the re-write of The Art of Fugue several years ago, the recording of which he now presents as a CD with the label Thorofon (CTH 26402).

After editing the CD, the First Version of The Art of Fugue is going on concert tour, so 275 years after the composition! The US American premiere will take place at PianoForte Chicago!

Of course, a musically motivated recertification of the autograph score was only one goal of Kälberer’s interest. An important aspect of the problem was a philosophical deepening of the work structure of The Art of Fugue, and, of course, the uniform, aural fusion of this exceptional, complex piano work.

Thus, the development, recording and performance of Bach’s non plus ultra becomes a whole of theory and practice, an integral process of philosophical theory, musicological research, absolute artwork, autonomous sound event and subjective listening experience. Be part of it!

Christian Kälberer, native of Berlin, studied conducting at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (now Universität der Künste) and was director of Berlin Sinfonietta and manager and art director of Grimmsches Operntheater. Concerts all over the world, last performances in the USA in fall 2018 on invitation of The Gustav Mahler Society of New York with the paino version of Mahler‘s „Das Lied von der Erde.“

Oct
26
Sat
AWAVE: a multimedia concert experience for flute, piano, video, and electronics written by Guillermo Laporta
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Rooted in the influences of the symphonic sound, classical chamber music, theatrical sound design, and soundtrack composition. AWAVE blends sound and space through Guillermo’s own music, words, and images.

Through musical documentary, this journey presents portraits of real people, field recordings of the environment from all over the world and custom made electronic generated sounds. This performance has an open, modular structure: each piece of music can be combined in varied ways, following a visual and acoustic emotional flow rather than a written narrative.

PERFORMERS:

CreArtBox

Guillermo Laporta, flute

Josefina Urraca, piano

Mar
20
Fri
The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 1
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 1 @ PianoForte Studios

Dmitri Makhtin, violin and Julia Siciliano, piano will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas 1, 2, 3, and 10.

Dmitri Makhtin, violin
Born in St Petersburg in 1975, Dmitri Makhtin started his musical education at the age of four with his parents, both professional violinists, and joined the Music School for gifted children in 1981. In 1989, he won the first prize at the Russian violonists competition. In 1990, he obtained a scholarship from the Young Musicians Foundation and of the Idyllwild Arts Academy (California), and then studied with P. Hirshhorn and H. Krebbers.

He is also the laureate of international competitions such as the Kloster Schontal, Niccolò Paganini, Louis Spohr, Tibor Varga, Montréal, Sibelius and Praetoria Competitions.

Dmitri Makhtin made his debut in 1997 in Paris with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, under the baton of Yevgeny Svetlanov, and in 1998 in the United States with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Since then, he has performed with the philharmonic orchestras of Ural, Monte-Carlo, Marseille, Hong-Kong, City of Prague, Radio France and Saint Petersburg; with the symphonic orchestras of Swedish Radio, Euskadi, Singapore and Dallas; as well as the Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lille or The European Soloists of Luxembourg. He performed with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, James DePreist, Sakari Oramo, Alexander Dmitriyev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jerzy Semkow, Yuri Temirkanov, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Alexander Vedernikov, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Alexander Sladkovsky, Robert Trevino and Paolo Arrivabeni …

Dmitri Makhtin is regularly invited to festivals of Saint Petersburg, Lisbon, PietraSanta, La Folle Journée in Nantes and Tokyo, La Roque d’Anthéron, Menton, Salzburg, Radio France Montpellier, Saint-Denis Music Festival, Automne en Normandie and Leiden (of which he is artistic director). He also performs recitals and chamber music in the most prestigious venues in the world: the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Lincoln Center in New York, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebouw…

He plays chamber music with Plamena Mangova, Andrei Korobeinikov, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Kniazev, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Miguel Da Silva and Renaud Capuçon.

Dmitri Makhtin recorded at Warner Classics, with Boris Berezovsky and Alexander Kniazev, a CD dedicated to Shostakovich’s Trio n°2 and Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elégiaque n°2 – which won Choc de la Musique, Gramophone and Echo Classic Awards – as well as an album dedicated to Mendelssohn trios (awarded with an Echo Classic Awards).

Besides, with these two same partners, he recorded a CD of Tchaikovsky’s works, which was released on ARTE and NHK, and awarded with a Diapason d’Or. His last record, first of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, was released at Lontano records.

Dmitri Makhtin plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1863.

Julia Siciliano, piano
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 Orquestra Sinfónica de la Region de Murcia for the MurciArt Music Festival. A winner of many local and international piano competitions, Julia has won top prizes at the Sicily International Piano Competition, Heida Hermanns International Competition, Iowa Piano Competition, and MTNA National Competition. Active as a chamber musician, Julia has been invited to perform on concert series and festivals with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, Basque National Orchestra’s chamber music series “Miramon Matinees”, and the MurciArt Festival in Murcia, Spain. She has given recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars Amanda Pabyan, Eric Owens, and Marina Domashenko, and internationally acclaimed violinists Dmitri Makhtin, Simone Lamsma, and Birgit Kolar.

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, Teatro Nacional of Gautemala, Palazzo Biscari in Catania, Italy, Parvis de l’église Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Cannes, Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. In the 2019-2020 season, she embarks on a journey of performing the complete Beethoven “accompanied” Sonatasmultiple times in the USA, Spain, France, and Austria, in tribute to the great composer’s 250th birthday.

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.

Mar
27
Fri
The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 2
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 2 @ PianoForte Studios

Dmitri Makhtin, violin and Julia Siciliano, piano will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas 6, 8, and 7.

Dmitri Makhtin, violin
Born in St Petersburg in 1975, Dmitri Makhtin started his musical education at the age of four with his parents, both professional violinists, and joined the Music School for gifted children in 1981. In 1989, he won the first prize at the Russian violonists competition. In 1990, he obtained a scholarship from the Young Musicians Foundation and of the Idyllwild Arts Academy (California), and then studied with P. Hirshhorn and H. Krebbers.

He is also the laureate of international competitions such as the Kloster Schontal, Niccolò Paganini, Louis Spohr, Tibor Varga, Montréal, Sibelius and Praetoria Competitions.

Dmitri Makhtin made his debut in 1997 in Paris with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, under the baton of Yevgeny Svetlanov, and in 1998 in the United States with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Since then, he has performed with the philharmonic orchestras of Ural, Monte-Carlo, Marseille, Hong-Kong, City of Prague, Radio France and Saint Petersburg; with the symphonic orchestras of Swedish Radio, Euskadi, Singapore and Dallas; as well as the Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lille or The European Soloists of Luxembourg. He performed with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, James DePreist, Sakari Oramo, Alexander Dmitriyev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jerzy Semkow, Yuri Temirkanov, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Alexander Vedernikov, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Alexander Sladkovsky, Robert Trevino and Paolo Arrivabeni …

Dmitri Makhtin is regularly invited to festivals of Saint Petersburg, Lisbon, PietraSanta, La Folle Journée in Nantes and Tokyo, La Roque d’Anthéron, Menton, Salzburg, Radio France Montpellier, Saint-Denis Music Festival, Automne en Normandie and Leiden (of which he is artistic director). He also performs recitals and chamber music in the most prestigious venues in the world: the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Lincoln Center in New York, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebouw…

He plays chamber music with Plamena Mangova, Andrei Korobeinikov, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Kniazev, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Miguel Da Silva and Renaud Capuçon.

Dmitri Makhtin recorded at Warner Classics, with Boris Berezovsky and Alexander Kniazev, a CD dedicated to Shostakovich’s Trio n°2 and Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elégiaque n°2 – which won Choc de la Musique, Gramophone and Echo Classic Awards – as well as an album dedicated to Mendelssohn trios (awarded with an Echo Classic Awards).

Besides, with these two same partners, he recorded a CD of Tchaikovsky’s works, which was released on ARTE and NHK, and awarded with a Diapason d’Or. His last record, first of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, was released at Lontano records.

Dmitri Makhtin plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1863.

Julia Siciliano, piano
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 Orquestra Sinfónica de la Region de Murcia for the MurciArt Music Festival. A winner of many local and international piano competitions, Julia has won top prizes at the Sicily International Piano Competition, Heida Hermanns International Competition, Iowa Piano Competition, and MTNA National Competition. Active as a chamber musician, Julia has been invited to perform on concert series and festivals with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, Basque National Orchestra’s chamber music series “Miramon Matinees”, and the MurciArt Festival in Murcia, Spain. She has given recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars Amanda Pabyan, Eric Owens, and Marina Domashenko, and internationally acclaimed violinists Dmitri Makhtin, Simone Lamsma, and Birgit Kolar.

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, Teatro Nacional of Gautemala, Palazzo Biscari in Catania, Italy, Parvis de l’église Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Cannes, Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. In the 2019-2020 season, she embarks on a journey of performing the complete Beethoven “accompanied” Sonatasmultiple times in the USA, Spain, France, and Austria, in tribute to the great composer’s 250th birthday.

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.

Mar
28
Sat
The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 3
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 3 @ PianoForte Studios

Dmitri Makhtin, violin and Julia Siciliano, piano will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas 4, 5, and 9.

Dmitri Makhtin, violin
Born in St Petersburg in 1975, Dmitri Makhtin started his musical education at the age of four with his parents, both professional violinists, and joined the Music School for gifted children in 1981. In 1989, he won the first prize at the Russian violonists competition. In 1990, he obtained a scholarship from the Young Musicians Foundation and of the Idyllwild Arts Academy (California), and then studied with P. Hirshhorn and H. Krebbers.

He is also the laureate of international competitions such as the Kloster Schontal, Niccolò Paganini, Louis Spohr, Tibor Varga, Montréal, Sibelius and Praetoria Competitions.

Dmitri Makhtin made his debut in 1997 in Paris with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, under the baton of Yevgeny Svetlanov, and in 1998 in the United States with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Since then, he has performed with the philharmonic orchestras of Ural, Monte-Carlo, Marseille, Hong-Kong, City of Prague, Radio France and Saint Petersburg; with the symphonic orchestras of Swedish Radio, Euskadi, Singapore and Dallas; as well as the Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National de Lille or The European Soloists of Luxembourg. He performed with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, James DePreist, Sakari Oramo, Alexander Dmitriyev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jerzy Semkow, Yuri Temirkanov, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Alexander Vedernikov, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Alexander Sladkovsky, Robert Trevino and Paolo Arrivabeni …

Dmitri Makhtin is regularly invited to festivals of Saint Petersburg, Lisbon, PietraSanta, La Folle Journée in Nantes and Tokyo, La Roque d’Anthéron, Menton, Salzburg, Radio France Montpellier, Saint-Denis Music Festival, Automne en Normandie and Leiden (of which he is artistic director). He also performs recitals and chamber music in the most prestigious venues in the world: the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Lincoln Center in New York, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Amsterdam Concertgebouw…

He plays chamber music with Plamena Mangova, Andrei Korobeinikov, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Kniazev, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Miguel Da Silva and Renaud Capuçon.

Dmitri Makhtin recorded at Warner Classics, with Boris Berezovsky and Alexander Kniazev, a CD dedicated to Shostakovich’s Trio n°2 and Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elégiaque n°2 – which won Choc de la Musique, Gramophone and Echo Classic Awards – as well as an album dedicated to Mendelssohn trios (awarded with an Echo Classic Awards).

Besides, with these two same partners, he recorded a CD of Tchaikovsky’s works, which was released on ARTE and NHK, and awarded with a Diapason d’Or. His last record, first of Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, was released at Lontano records.

Dmitri Makhtin plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1863.

Julia Siciliano, piano
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 Orquestra Sinfónica de la Region de Murcia for the MurciArt Music Festival. A winner of many local and international piano competitions, Julia has won top prizes at the Sicily International Piano Competition, Heida Hermanns International Competition, Iowa Piano Competition, and MTNA National Competition. Active as a chamber musician, Julia has been invited to perform on concert series and festivals with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, Basque National Orchestra’s chamber music series “Miramon Matinees”, and the MurciArt Festival in Murcia, Spain. She has given recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars Amanda Pabyan, Eric Owens, and Marina Domashenko, and internationally acclaimed violinists Dmitri Makhtin, Simone Lamsma, and Birgit Kolar.

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, Teatro Nacional of Gautemala, Palazzo Biscari in Catania, Italy, Parvis de l’église Notre-Dame d’Espérance in Cannes, Deutsche Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. In the 2019-2020 season, she embarks on a journey of performing the complete Beethoven “accompanied” Sonatasmultiple times in the USA, Spain, France, and Austria, in tribute to the great composer’s 250th birthday.

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.

Apr
24
Fri
A Performance of Morton Feldman’s “Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello”
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Performance of Morton Feldman’s “Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello” @ PianoForte Studios

Myra Hinrichs, Nicholas Jeffery, Kelly Quesada, and Christopher Narloch will perform Morton Feldman’s “Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello.”

After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory in violin performance, Myra Hinrichs moved to Chicago, where she teaches at several community music schools. Myra is a founding member of Chartreuse and Houndstooth, and also is a member of a.periodic and Morton Feldman Chamber Players. She also performs with the Madison Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, National Orchestral Institute, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival USA.

Nicholas Jeffery received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 where his main teacher was Sally Chisholm. He spent many summers as a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival, serving two summers as the violist in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He has also attended the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, ME, the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, Interlochen, and the Encore School for Strings. As a performer, Dr. Jeffery has been a member of the Madison Symphony orchestra, served as principal viola of the Round Rock Symphony in Texas, and performed regularly with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Dr. Jeffery helped to found the Quartet of Outsiders in Austin, TX, as well as being invited to appear as a guest artist with the Chamber Music in the Pines Festival, the Oakwood Chamber Players, and the Heart Strings Ensemble in Madison, WI. Currently, he serves as principal viola of the Illinois Symphony orchestra, and is a member of the Ursa Ensemble, a mixed chamber group in Chicago.

Kelly Quesada has played in professional orchestras around the country, including the Oregon Mozart Players, the Eugene, Huntsville, North Mississippi, and Tuscaloosa Symphonies, and is currently a co-principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Kelly also runs her own private studio as well as teaches beginning strings at Sistema Ravinia and chamber music for the Southside Suzuki Cooperative. Kelly has previously taught cello at Willamette University, the University of Oregon, and the Douglas County Youth Orchestra, where she served as assistant director. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Alabama and a Master’s from the University of Oregon, where she was the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student in Strings.

Christopher Narloch has been teaching at his own studio in Ravenswood Manor Chicago since 2011, where he has 70 private students. As a passionate advocate for local contemporary classical music, he has been regularly collaborating with a wide range of musicians throughout the Chicago area for several years. He is the pianist for The Zafa Collective, and has performed with members of ensembles including Mocrep, Fonema Consort, Dal Niente, Quince, and Morton Feldman Chamber Players (MFCP). He also curates and hosts new music concerts at his studio. Christopher received degrees from Bowling Green State University and Viterbo University in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy.


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Parking

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:

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.

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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.

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.

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