Concerts & Events
American pianist CHRISTINE WU has performed on stages throughout the U.S. and Europe, in venues including Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall, (New York), the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Teatro San Rocco (Seregno), Petit Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona) and Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris).
Christine has won top prizes in the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Italy), the Chautauqua Institute Piano Competition, the Washington International Competition, the American International Paderewski Piano Competition, and the Fite Family National Piano Competition.
Christine has performed in music festivals across North America and Europe, including at the Chautauqua Institute, the Leipzig International Mendelssohn-Akademie, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Aspen, PianoTexas, and Bowdoin International Music Festivals. Upcoming projects include a debut album to be recorded by Blue Griffin Recording, featuring works by Schubert, Liszt, and Schumann, as well as a second album to be produced by the Sheva Collection.
Christine was born and raised in Troy, Michigan where her formative training began with Mary Siciliano and Logan Skelton. Upon graduating high school, she enrolled at the Juilliard School where she studied with Julian Martin and Choong-Mo Kang. After graduating with her Bachelor of Music, she completed her Master of Music degree with Hung-Kuan Chen at Juilliard, where she also was a teaching fellow in the Keyboard Studies department. Currently, Christine is enrolled in the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Yale School of Music, where her teachers have included Peter Frankl, Christopher Elton and Peter Serkin. She has a graduate teaching assistantship in Music History/Analysis, as well as a fellowship in private piano instruction.
Sonata in A minor, D. 845
2. Andante poco moto
3. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
4. Rondo. Allegro vivace
Franz SCHUBERT/ Franz LISZT
Song transcriptions for piano:
Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Gretchen am spinnrade
Der Müller und der Bach
Ben Bogart and Winnie Cheung first encountered tango music through the dance’s incredible portrayal of emotion and intimacy, and have since joined forces to spread tango beyond Latin America and make it more accessible for everyone. Each has performed all over the world, alongside Grammy and Tony winners and world-famous musicians and orchestras. As part of the band Cuarteto Tangeuro, their 2018 release “Guapeando” hit the Top 10 on the Billboard’s World Music Chart
Ben is a bandoneón player who specializes in Argentine Tango music. He holds a degree from Berklee College of Music, and a certificate from the Orquesta Escuela de Tango Emilo Balcarce. While living in Argentina for six years, he studied alongside the greats: Nestor Marconi, Rodolfo Mederos, Carlos Lazarri, and Marcos Madrigal. As a soloist, Ben has performed with orchestras, string quartets, and tango groups. He is currently the sitting President of Tanguero Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to building tango audiences and promoting self-expression through tango.
Winnie is a pianist who has a love for both the dance and music of tango. She hails from Hong Kong, and holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Chicago, and a M.M. and D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. As a composer, Winnie has won several awards including the prestigious Brian M. Israel Prize from the Society for New Music, and collaborated with the likes of Augusta Read Thomas, Louis Andriessen, and others. She has taught composition and orchestration at the Eastman School, as well as music theory at the Music Institute of Chicago and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Ben and Winnie share their knowledge at festivals and workshops across the United States, and have developed online classes to teach the next generation of tango aficionados.
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
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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.