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Laura Park and Christopher Goodpasture | Violin and Piano Recital
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm
Laura Park and Christopher Goodpasture | Violin and Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios


Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96

Violin Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 80

Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13

Laura Park, violin

Laura Park, praised for showing “extraordinary maturity, interpretive insight, passion, [and] nuance” (, has been featured as a soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica “Paul Constantinescu” Di Ploiesti Romania, Yale Philharmonia, Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra, North Suburban Symphony Orchestra, Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Harper Symphony Orchestra, Fremd Symphony Orchestra, Music Institute of Chicago Academy Chamber Orchestra and Midwest Young Artists’ Concert and Symphony Orchestras. Additional highlights of her career have included appearances on Curtis on Tour, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Millennium Stage Concert Series at the Kennedy Center, From the Top, 98.7 WFMT Introductions, NPR’s What Makes It Great®, and the Young Steinway Concert Series.

Park has been a laureate of many competitions, including the Lipizer International Violin Competition where she was awarded for “strong artistic temperament”, Thomas and Evon Cooper International Violin Competition, Stulberg International String Competition, Ima Hogg Young Artists’ Competition, Hellam Young Artists’ Competition, Crain-Malin Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Woolsey Concerto Competition, Chautauqua Music Festival’s Sigma Alpha Iota Concerto Competition, Walgreens National Concerto Competition, Music Institute of Chicago Young Artist Concerto and Aria Competition, ADM Young Artists Concerto Competition, Union League and Civic Arts Foundation’s Scholarship Auditions, Musician’s Club of Women Scholarship Auditions, Music Teachers National Association Illinois String Division, Harper Young Artist Competition, DePaul Concerto Competition, Society of American Musicians Competition, Sejong Music Competition, and Chinese Fine Arts Music Competition.

As an active chamber musician, Park holds awards including gold medals from the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the St. Paul String Quartet Competition, the Music in the Loft/Society of American Musicians’ Jules M. Laser Chamber Music Competition, the Rembrandt Chamber Players Competition, and the Yale School of Music Chamber Music Competition. She has participated in many music festivals including Music from Angel Fire, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk New Music Workshop, Aspen Music Festival, Astona International Summer Academy in Switzerland, Chautauqua Music Festival, Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees’ Summer Music Institute, and Okemo Young Artist Program. She is also a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

Park currently studies at the Yale School of Music with Ani Kavafian under the Henry & Lucy Moses Scholarship and Fellowship and was awarded the 2017 Broadus Erle Prize. She is also a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Ida Kavafian. Her previous teachers include Almita and Roland Vamos, Marko Dreher, and Injoo Choi.

Christopher Goodpasture, piano

Praised by the Washington Post for his “sparkling, highly musical” playing, Christopher Goodpasture has established himself as a musician of refined style. A 2017 performance in Canada was described as a “rare combination of strength, energy and sublime musical sensitivity…matched by a heavenly sense of melodic line” (Toronto Concert Reviews). He has performed in some of the finest concert halls in North America, including the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Koerner Hall (Toronto), Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Bing Concert Hall (San Francisco), Ingle Auditorium (Rochester), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Recent concert engagements include recitals at Chicago’s PianoForte Salon Series, the Colouratura Gallery in Nova Scotia, San Diego’s Music by the Sea, and Los Angeles’ Classical Underground with culminating radio broadcasts on Classical KUSC 91.5 and 88.5 KCSN.

Christopher is a top-prize winner of the Washington International, Seattle International, Iowa International and Dallas International Piano Competitions, and has earned other prizes in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, The Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition, and the Susan Torres Competition for pianists.

Festival appearances include performances at the Banff Centre, Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, The Holland Music Sessions, and Music Academy of the West. Throughout his studies, he has had the opportunity to work with a number of influential pianists, including Leon Fleisher, Jeremy Denk, Seymour Lipkin, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert Levin, Claude Frank, and Anton Kuerti and as an active chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Takacs, Ysaye, St. Lawrence, Amenda, Guarneri, and Tokyo String Quartets.

Christopher received his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Jerome Lowenthal. Born in Los Angeles, California, he began his training at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and furthered his studies with John Perry at the University of Southern California and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Currently he is pursuing post-graduate studies with Hung-Kuan Chen and Peter Frankl at the Yale School of Music.

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Sylvia Toran | Piano Recital
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm
Sylvia Toran | Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios


Padre Antonio Soler
3 Sonatas

Johann Sebastian Bach
2 Preludes and Fugues in c minor and C Major

Frederyk Chopin
Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E flat Major

Frederyk Chopin
Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 in g minor

Isaac Albéniz
Evocación and Albaicín ( From Iberia Suite)

Sylvia Toran was born in Madrid and began her musical studies at age 6 with Avelina Lopez Chiciheri. In 1974 she joined the Madrid Royal Consevatory at the Department of Joaquin Soriano finishing her studies in 1981 with Extraordinary Prize.

In 1982 she was awarded a scholarship by the Fulbright Commission to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she obtained the “Maser of Music Degree” under the direction of Earl Wild. Later she extended her studies with Almudena Cano in Madrid and Halina Czerny-Stefanska in Krakow.

In 1985 she won the Fiirst Prize at the International Competition “Masterplyers” in Lugano, Switzerland. In 1987 she made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, earning laudatory reviews in the New York Times. In 1991 she is awarded with the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts Scholarship in Rome. In 2011 she was awarded the Music Prize of the Community of Madrid.

Sylvia Toran has toured recitals and concerts with orchestras in Europe, USA, Latin America, the Middle East and Australia, in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Chicago Orchestra Hall and Grant Park Festival in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Sydney Opera House etc., always with the best reviews.

Besides playing with most Spanish orchestras, she has also joined foreign formations, such as the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphonietta, Symphony Masachusetts, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestra of Lithuania, Philarmonia Kiev, Chamber Orchestra Lubliana, etc., with conductors like Paul Freeman, Saulius Sondeckis, Josep Pons, Cristobal Soler, Juan Udaeta, Juanjo Mena, Cristobal Halffter, Pedro Halfftr, Garcia Navarro, Mihnea lgnat, Guillermo Garcia Calvo, Victor Pablo, Philippe Bender, etc.

She has taken part in lbermusica Series, Chamber Season and Polyphony at the National Auditorium and Teatro Real in Madrid, Autumn Festival I, Festival “Summer Classics”, Festival of Sacred Art, Grant Park Festival (Chicago), etc.

In 2007 she achieved a great success with the complete serie of Beethoven concerts, organized by The National Heritage of Spain at the Monastery of El Escorial. In 2011 she made a new US tour, from Seattle to New York, with a new triumph at Carnegie Recital Hall for “Water Recital”, titled in honor of Albeniz. Her homage to Chopin, Liszt and Montsalvatge have taken her to Slovenia, Austria, Ukraine and the United States of America.

With the British label ASV, Sylvia Toran has published a CD devoted entirely to Chopin, and in 2015 another dedicated to her Live concerts 2014, with the collaboration of pianist Ram on Grau. She has also recorded for Radio WFMT in Chicago, Los Angeles, National Radio of Spain, RTVE and for Polish Television.

She has taught master classes in Europe, Australia and the United States of America.

Renoir Trio
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm
Renoir Trio @ PianoForte Studios
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano Op 50
By Tchaikovsky

I. Pezzo elegiaco

II. A. Tema con Variazioni
    B. Variazione Finale e Coda

Keiko Alexander

Pianist Keiko Alexander is a graduate of the Aichi University of Fine Arts in Nagoya, Japan, and the Juilliard School in New York, where she studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki and Janina Fialkowska. Her other teachers have included Bela Siki in Cincinnati and Vlado Perlemuter in Paris.

Ms. Alexander lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for sixteen years, where she performed extensively as a member of Alexis Piano Trio which consisted of members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She also taught at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and served as a
head of the piano department. In 2000, Ms. Alexander moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she taught at the VSO School of Music, performed throughout the region as a chamber musician, held master classes, judging domestic and international competitions, and performed 8 piano ensemble concerts in Vancouver and Germany.

In spring, 2015, Ms. Alexander moved to Chicago, and now she teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston and Winnetka.


Michelle Wynton

Michelle Szamazewska Wynton began her violin studies at age 5 with Idel Low in Los Angeles, California. As a child, Michelle and her sister were featured on several television programs such as Real People, Hour Magazine and Omnibus, hosted by Princess Grace of Monoco. As a teenager, Michelle studied with Robert Lipsett through the USC School of Performing Arts, where she won a half scholarship. She also studied with Michelle Bovyer, a first violinist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During this time, she won several competitions and performed concerti with Pasadena Community Orchestra and Pasadena Young Musician’s Orchestra. After graduating from high school and before entering studies at the University of California at Berkeley, Michelle studied with Tadeus Kochanski at the Gdansk Conservatory of Music, Poland. Michelle earned a Bacherlor of Arts degree in Psychology at UC Berkeley while continuing her musical studies with Serban Rusu. At this time she also studied with William Barbini (New York Philharmonic and Concertmaster of Sacramento Symphony), Yukiko Kamei (San Francisco Symphony), Philip Levy (Stanford University), Barbara Riccardi (SF Opera) and Mariko Smiley (SF Symphony). In July 1995, Michelle received a full tuition scholarship to study with Glen Dicterow at Manhattan School of Music. She continued these studies in Chicago with Emira Darvarova (Assistant Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera and Concertmaster Emeritus, Grant Park Symphony), and David Taylor (Assistant Concertmaster, Chicago Symphony before being again awarded with a full tuition scholarship, this time to attend Roosevelt University, where she studied with Joe Golan (Principal Second Violin Emeritus, Chicago Symphony) and Robert Chen, (Concertmaster, Chicago Symphony) In 2017 Michelle earned a Master’s Degree with Distinction from DePaul University, studying with Ilya Kaler. Michelle was a faculty member at the the Music Institute of Chicago from 1996-2006 and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Ars Viva Master Singers, Lake Forest Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Rockford Symphony, Southbend Symphony, New York City Opera, Westchester Symphony, West Palm Beach Opera Company, Binghamton Symphony, Staten Island Philharmonic, Binghamton  Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Fresno Symphony, Monterey County Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony and Berkeley Symphony. Her prizes include XII Concorso Nationale “Riviera della Versilia”2003, PremioSpeciale“GiovanniCiuffreda”1ConcorsoInternazionale Di Esecuzione Musicale “Citta Di Padova” 2nd Prize (2003). Pasadena Young Musicians Orch.-Grand Prize&soloist, Pasadena Comm. Orch.


William Cernota

William Cernota, violoncello, has been a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra since 1982. Since 1997 he has been Chairman of the Lyric Opera Orchestra Members Committee. From 1982 to 1996 he was a substitute cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While a student of Chicago Symphony Principal Cellist Frank Miller, he was Principal Cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra. During this period William performed as soloist in Don Quixote and Schelomo with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. His other teachers include Alois Trnka, Raya Garbousova, Karl Fruh, and Daniel Morganstern. He has also held principal cello positions with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and Peninsula Music Festival. In 2012 he was appointed Principal Cellist in the Southern Illinois Music Festival. He performed the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata on a national broadcast from WFMT as part of its “Schubert Live” Series and was a soloist on two European tours of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Since 2011 he has annually performed live global recital broadcasts on WFMT with pianist Eric Weimer. William is currently on the adjunct music faculties of both Northwestern and Loyola Universities. Following graduation in Ideas & Methods and Biology from the University of Chicago he served for three years in the Peace Corps, Sierra Leone as a biology teacher and band director. With special interests in new as well as old music, William appears regularly in contemporary music concerts and has also performed on baroque cello with several period instrument groups. He performed Lutosławski’s works for solo cello at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago with the composer in attendance. With pianist Joy Doran, he recently issued a CD: On or About December, 1910. He is a founding member and General Director of Chicago Camerata and the Overtones Ensemble in Residence at Loyola University Museum of Art. William resides with his wife, Maria, and daughter, Naomi, in Chicago where he also works as a Research Scientist at Fermalogic, Incorporated and recently completed the Masters in Engineering Degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Edisher Savitski | Piano Recital
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
Edisher Savitski | Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Pianist Edisher Savitski has enjoyed critical acclaim throughout his career: “As each of Savitski’s convulsive trills and ominous chords would hang in the air, it became clearer that indeed something special was happening. We will be lucky to hear Scriabin played anywhere near this powerfully any time soon” (Jack Walton, South Bend Tribune). “The piano of Edisher Savitski prays, laments and also makes joyful sounds; This amazing Georgian simply takes off to the sky!” (Hanuh Ron, Yediot Akhronot, Israel).

He has been appearing as a soloist with: Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Pacific Symphony among many others, and has been performing at prestigious venues worldwide. To name a few: at Carnegie Zankel Hall and Carnegie Weill Hall, New York; Wigmore Hall, London; Great Hall of Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria; Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg,Russia; Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy as well as in other venues in USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Russia, United Kingdom, Israel, Austria, Morocco, Japan and New Zealand.

Dr. Savitski has appeared at major music festivals such as Salzburg Festival, Austria; Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Ravinia Festival, USA; Ruhr Festival, Germany; Ravenna Festival, Stresa Festival, Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, MITO Festival, Italy. His performances where also heard in Grande Auditorio at Temporada Gulbenkian de Musica in Lisbon, Portugal; at Teatro la Fenice, Venice; Stadt-Casino Musiksaal in Basel, Switzerland; Salle Cortot in Paris, France; at Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago; Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky festivals through Pittsburgh Symphony.

Edisher Savitski is the first prizewinner of the Third International Piano-E-Competition in 2006 and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition in 2001, and took top prizes at the First International Piano-E-Competition in Minneapolis and the William S. Byrd International Piano Competition in Michigan.

In November 2007, Dr. Savitski became first pianist to performed from his home in South Bend, Indiana on Yamaha Disklavier piano that was connected to another Disklavier piano in the Recital Hall of Yamaha Artist Services International in New York City, in an unprecedented live performance/press conference.

Dr. Edisher Savitski’s performances have been frequently broadcasted on live TV and radio throughout Europe and USA. In 2007 Savitski’s CD was released on Schubert Club’s Ten Thousand Lakes label. He is a Yamaha Artist.

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Dr. Edisher Savitski studied in central music school with Maya Beridze and later in the Tbilisi Conservatory with professor Nana Khubutia. During this time he became a prizewinner of the international charity program “New Names”, Russia, and won collaborative piano competition arranged at the Tbilisi State Conservatory. In 1998 he joined the renowned Alexander Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University South Bend, where he earned Masters degree, Artist diploma, and has been awarded with the Performers Certificate. In Spring 2013 he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from Michigan State University.

Currently Dr. Savitski is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama School of Music.

W. A. Mozart 
Sonata in F major, K533/494
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo: Allegretto

S. Prokofiev 
Sonata #2, Op. 14
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Scherzo. Allegro marcato
III. Andante
IV. Vivace


F. Schubert
Sonata in B-flat Major, D.960
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. [Scherzo] Allegro vivace con delicatezza
IV. Allegro ma non troppo


Spider Saloff | The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm

Spider Saloff, vocals, and Jeremy Kahn, piano, will be performing the music of Peggy Lee.

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

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Anthony Perkin: Power of Simplicity Album Release
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm
Anthony Perkin: Power of Simplicity Album Release @ PianoForte Studios

“Power of Simplicity” an evening of intimate musical expressions. Join Anthony Perkin as he performs several original compositions from his latest and most intimate album, “Power of Simplicity”. This collection of deeply personal and profoundly moving instrumentals is an audible embodiment revealing the depth of pain and internal suffering endured over a 4 year journey.

Anthony Perkin is a remarkably talented, versatile, and highly skilled pianist. Since discovering his gift of music as a youth, Anthony has maintained an acute focus in developing and perfecting his passionate relationship with the piano.

With music as his preferred language, Anthony creatively combines fragments of sounds to express thoughts and emotions that words cannot accurately portray.

Anthony’s love for music spans a wide variety of genres from Hip Hop Beats to the classical sounds of Tigran Hamasyan. He has created an extensive musical library of originally composed instrumentals and lyrical songs. Anthony’s unique sound can be experienced from live performances to studio productions.

His quest in life is to remove limitations, expand boundaries, and promote creativity through sounds that heals, soothes, uplifts, and inspires.

Chamber Music with Robert Chen | Violin, Clarinet, and Piano Recital
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm
Chamber Music with Robert Chen | Violin, Clarinet, and Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Robert Chen

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.

Kuang-Hao Huang

Pianist Kuang-Hao Huang has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. Mr. Huang is most often heard as a collaborator, performing concerts and radio broadcasts with Chicago’s finest musicians, from instrumentalists of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to singers with the Lyric Opera. He has been a guest of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and has performed with the Avalon, Chicago, Spektral and Vermeer String Quartets. Mr. Huang can be heard in recordings on the Cedille and Naxos labels.

​An advocate of new music, Mr. Huang gave the world premiere performances of solo works by Louis Andriessen and Chen Yi at Weill Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s Millennium Piano Book Project. He has also premiered numerous ensemble works, including pieces by Jacob BancksMason BatesKyong Mee ChoiStacy GarropJohn HarbisonDaniel KelloggJames Matheson and Laura Schwendinger. Mr. Huang is a member of Fulcrum Point New Music Project. He has been involved with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Composer Perspectives series and has also played with MusicNOW and CUBE Ensemble.

dedicated teacher, Mr. Huang serves on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Concordia University-Chicago.  On behalf of the International Music Foundation, he has presented educational outreach programs throughout the Chicago Public Schools. For a decade, he coordinated the piano program at Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute.

Mr. Huang has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University and Northwestern University. His principal teachers include Leonard Hokanson, Joseph Kalichstein, Howard Karp, Rita Sloan and Sylvia Wang. During his graduate studies, Mr. Huang was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. He was also a member of the New World Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas’s orchestral academy.

A native of Whitewater, Wisconsin, Mr. Huang currently resides in Oak Park, Illinois with his wonderful wife and kids.

Stephen Williamson

Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Riccardo Muti.  Mr. Williamson recently was the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic (2013-14 season) under Alan Gilbert  as well as  principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (2003-11) under James Levine.  In addition, he has been a frequent guest principal clarinetist with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan under Seiji Ozawa.

Mr. Williamson is currently on the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago, IL.  He has served on the clarinet faculty at Columbia University and the Mannes College of Music in New York City, as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.  He has recorded for the Sony Classics, Telarc, CRI, BMG, Naxos and Decca labels and can be heard on numerous film soundtracks.  Most recently, Mr. Williamson was a featured soloist with the CSO under the baton of John Williams, recording his Oscar-nominated score for Steven Spielberg’s film, “Lincoln.”

An avid soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Williamson has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia.  He has collaborated with such artists as: Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Anne Marie McDermott, Emanuel Ax, Meliora Winds, Aspen, Dorian and Sylvan Wind Quintets; Brentano, American, Jasper and Dover String Quartets.  Most recent concerto performances include the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with both the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan (2011) and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in Carnegie Hall under conductor Fabio Luisi (2012).

He received his Bachelor’s degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. As a Fulbright Scholar, he furthered his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where he collaborated with various members of the Berlin Philharmonic. His past teachers include Peter Rieckhoff, Charles Neidich, Kenneth Grant and Michael Webster.  Mr. Williamson was the grand prize winner of the 1994 Boosey & Hawkes/Buffet Crampon First Annual North American Clarinet Competition.  Other past awards include the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition.

A long-time Selmer-Paris and Vandoren Artist, Mr. Williamson currently plays Selmer Signature clarinets and uses Vandoren traditional reeds with a James Pyne JX/BC mouthpiece. He resides in Wilmette, IL with his wife Jill, sons Ryan, Connor, Matthew and their dog Lila.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Bachianas Brasileiras no. 4
Prelúdio (Introdução)
Coral (Canto do sertão)
Ária (Cantiga)
Danza (Mindinho)

Gershwin (1898-1937)
Rhapsody in Blue

Ethos Duo
May 5 @ 7:00 pm
Ethos Duo @ PianoForte Studios

Ethos Duo

The Greeks used the word Ethos to describe the power of music to influence the hearer’s emotions, behaviors, and even morals.  We believe that music can enlighten, inspire and heal. It is our mission to share the power of music with our audience.

We bring to our duo collaboration several decades of chamber music experience resulting in a unique and memorable performance. To enhance our audience’s appreciation of the music, we provide some historical background of the composer and the composition. We enjoy taking questions and conversing with the audience following the performance.

Sevgi Giles – pianist

Sevgi Giles has appeared in venues throughout America and Europe as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. In a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Boulez, her playing has been acclaimed for its emotional projection and intellectual rigor.

In 2001 Sevgi was awarded the prize for best performance of a French Suite at the International Bach Competition in Saarbrucken, Germany. Having played most of the major works of Bach, she feels a special affinity for the Baroque master. Sevgi received a Bachelors degree from the Ankara Conservatory in her native Turkey. As a student she captured all of the top performance awards and concertized extensively throughout the country. She has done graduate work at the University of North Texas and received the Master of Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

In 2005 Sevgi made her Chicago debut on the Dame Myra Hess Series, broadcast live on WFMT. She also has appeared on the Pianoforte Piano Series in Chicago, at the American Liszt Society Conference in Atlanta, and at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. As a member of the renowned North Texas Wind Symphony, Sevgi recorded four compact discs with that ensemble and also appeared as soloist with them in several premieres by contemporary composers. During the summers she has performed at festivals such as Crested Butte (Colorado), the Eastern Music Festival (North Carolina), and the Adamant Music Festival (Vermont) where she studied with pianist Menahem Pressler. She was also accepted into the prestigious Pressler studio at Indiana University’s School of Music.

Sevgi is a devoted teacher and sought-after pedagogue in the Chicago area. In addition to her private studio she is on the faculties of Roosevelt University, the Metropolis Performing Arts School, and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Marina Hoover – Cellist

Two-time Grammy nominee Marina Hoover was the founding cellist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which rocketed to international prominence after winning both the Young Concert Artists auditions and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In her 13 years with the St. Lawrence, Ms. Hoover performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 92nd Street “Y,” The Kennedy Center (for the Emperor of Japan), Wigmore Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Theatre De Ville (Paris). In addition, the quartet made regular appearances at Tanglewood, the Newport Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, as well as over one thousand other appearances throughout North and South America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Vietnam. The St. Lawrence quartet, with Marina Hoover as the cellist, was the resident quartet at Spoleto USA from 1996-2002.

The Quartet’s major recording label debut, Schumann String Quartets 1 and 3, won both the Juno award for Best Classical recording (1999) and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (2001). It was voted one of the most important classical recordings of the 1990s by Opus Magazine. In 2002, the St. Lawrence’s third CD, Yiddishbbuk: The Chamber Works of Osvaldo Golijov, was nominated for the Grammy awards for Best Classical Chamber Music Recording and Best Composer, as well as a Juno Award for Best Classical Recording. Ms. Hoover since has recorded with pianist Patricia Tao performing works by Chopin, Strauss and Liszt on the Centaur label. Her Piano trio, Trio Voce, has two recordings: In A New Light, works by Arensky, Zemlinsky and Zuk and Inscapes, works by Weinberg and Shostakovich. Both CDs are on the Con Brio Recording Label.

Ms. Hoover studied cello under David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music, and was earned a Master’s degree at Yale University under Aldo Parisot. She was a recipient of two Canada Council B Grants and an award winner in the Canadian Broadcasting Competition. Ms. Hoover has been the featured soloist in several of the Canadian orchestras: Toronto, Edmonton, Symphony Nova Scotia, Saskatoon and Red Deer.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet spent six years in New York as teaching assistants to the Emerson Quartet at Hartford University, The Juilliard Quartet at Juilliard School of Music and the Tokyo quartet at Yale University. The quartet then joined the faculty at Stanford University. Ms. Hoover was Artist-in-residence for four years at Stanford. She co-directed the string program and designed and ran a summer institute for chamber musicians. She has been visiting artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto, and participated in numerous community outreach programs with the St. Lawrence in Kansas City, Washington DC, Palo Alto, and other cities.

In 2002-2003, she was Visiting Professor of Cello at the University of Toronto and has also been an artist-in-residence at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Distinguished Artist at the University of Alberta. She has also taught chamber music as part of the Chicago String Quartet at Northwestern University and coached chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago. She has been a judge at the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Currently Ms. Hoover is the cellist in the Trio Voce piano trio. In addition, regularly  performs with her duo partner, pianist Sevgi Giles. Ms. Hoover divides her time playing chamber music and as a coloratura soprano, studying voice with Jina Varis.   Recent performances have included Gliere  “Concerto for  Coloratura Soprano”,   Delibes  “Ah,  Ou va la jeune indoue from Lakme”  and “Bel raggio lusinghier” from Semiramide.

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

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

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

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

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

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