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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.


Eunbi Kim: A House of Many Rooms Album Release
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm
Eunbi Kim: A House of Many Rooms Album Release @ PianoForte Studios

Pianist Eunbi Kim celebrates the release of her debut album “A House of Many Rooms: New Concert Music by Fred Hersch” (Albany Records). “A House of Many Rooms” draws together rarely heard classical gems by the twelve time Grammy nominee and renowned jazz artist, Fred Hersch, which take inspiration from Tchaikovsky to tango. In Kim’s deft hands, each composition by the exploratory artist Hersch, (who co-produced the album with Ryan Streber) evokes a distinct sound, atmosphere, or color waiting to be uncovered and interpreted by the listener. Kim plays this rich and virtuosic music vividly and fervently, exploring Hersch’s flip-side, as one would any newly discovered treasure trove from a living master.

“A wonderful introduction to this side of Fred Hersch’s music and the jaw-dropping performance by Eunbi Kim!” – Mainly Piano

“Eunbi Kim plays with passion, command and great warmth.” – Fred Hersch

Eunbi Kim, pianist
Eunbi Kim is a virtuosic pianist with wide-ranging artistic sensibilities. She has commissioned new work from Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), created a music-theatre performance inspired by the novels of Haruki Murakami, and just released an album of concert music by 10-time GRAMMY nominated jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch on Albany Records. Her recital and recording projects are frequently sparked by a fresh artistic obsession, and often present the audience with intimate and challenging subject matter—from the mental breakdowns of literary characters to the inner workings of Eunbi’s own family.

Her genre-defying, often interdisciplinary recitals have been presented in prestigious venues in New York (Symphony Space, 92nd Street Y, DiMenna Center, le poisson rouge, Columbia University, the cell theatre) and across the United States (Kennedy Center, Asia Society Texas Center, PianoForte Foundation, Georgetown University, Bennington College, among many others).

An advocate for arts entrepreneurship and artistic innovation, Eunbi has been an invited speaker numerous colleges/universities and national arts organizations such as Chamber Music America, Asian-American Arts Alliance, the Manhattan School of Music, New York Foundation for the Arts, and New Music Gathering. Her recent TEDx talk, “Performing Through Fear,” encourages young people to overcome their inner demons to discover their true selves. She has held a fellowship at the Manhattan School of Music’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship, and was one of just 50 artists selected for the New York Foundation for the Arts’s 2012 “Artist as Entrepreneur” program.

Eunbi received her Masters in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Her principal teachers have included Anthony de Mare and Elena Arseniev.

Fred Hersch, composer
A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee, he continues to earn jazz’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and the 2017 Prix in Honorem Jazz for the entirety of his career from l’Académie Charles Cros in France.

Hersch has long defined jazz’s creative edge in a wide variety of settings, from his breathtaking solo recitals and exploratory duos to his extraordinary trios and innovative chamber settings. With some three dozen albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, he consistently wins an international array of awards and lavish critical praise for his albums.

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.


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

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


W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata in A Major, K. 331
Andante grazioso
Menuetto. Trio
Alla Turca: Allegretto

F. Liszt (1811-1886)
Valse de l’opéra Faust de Ch. Gounod, S. 407

Ilya Friedberg Variation Project: Bach Goldberg Variations
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Ilya Friedberg Variation Project: Bach Goldberg Variations @ PianoForte Studios

Pianist of the Bloomington Trio, Ilya Friedberg has been described as an “Artist who puts his listener to a musical magic”  by pianist Menahem Pressler. Ilya’s music has taken him to Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Jerusalem Theater, Small Philharmonic Hall of St. Petersburg, and various venues across United States, South America, Israel, and Europe.

Ilya is a passionate chamber musician and is a sought-after collaborator among the members of Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Carol Vaness, Timothy Noble, Mark Kaplan, Alissa Margulis, Alexander Buzlov, and Pacifica Quartet who described him as an “Exceptional chamber musician

In the fall of 2017, his creative force has enabled him to successfully launch the inaugural Variation Project. It is a collaboration between Ilya, J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and 20 composers. The project excitedly combines Ilya’s two passions as a pianist/composer. His compositions include “Boheme Fantasy for Viola and Piano”, Breaking Silence series, and “6 Studies on Extended Technique for Piano Solo”

Being a passionate educator, Ilya finds working with the new generation of pianists fun and inspiring. He has given masterclasses at Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University, Adamant Music School, and at Stellenbosch International Piano Competition where he was invited as a Jury Member. He worked as an assistant to pianist Menahem Pressler and is an active artist-faculty at Indiana University’s Summer String Academy, and Sonad Project

Born in Moscow, Ilya stepped into the world of music by watching his mother teach piano. Soon after he started his education at Gnesin School for Gifted Children. After immigrating to Israel, he studied piano with Luisa Yoffi and was influenced by Lazar Bendersky and Vladimir Silva. He continued his education at Oberlin with Sanford Margolis and at Indiana University with Menahem Pressler. His other musical influences are legendary jazz master David Baker, pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, composers Claude Baker and Douglas Hofstadter.

With flutist Roy Amotz, his first cd “Dreams” featuring works of Reinecke and Rachmaninoff is available on Amazon Streaming and iTunes.

SongShop Mother’s Day Gala
May 13 @ 5:00 pm
SongShop Mother's Day Gala @ PianoForte Studios

Award-winning SongShop offers its annual gala concert in two acts. With Mark Burnell and Paul Coscino at the pianos, the roster of singers includes Bernard Hall, Carrie Hedges, Dan Johnson, Jonathan Lewis, Larry Smith, Leona Zions, Lynda Gordon, Mary Joyce, Marilena Serbanescu, Patrick Davis, Ruth Fuerst, and Vivian Beckford. With comedy and revelation, Broadway to Motown, mothers are on center stage.

Suggested donation $20. VIP seating $35. 

Reservations taken at their RSVP page ( or call 773.509.9360

Lynne Arriale Trio
May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Lynne Arriale Trio @ PianoForte Studios
Lynne Arriale, piano
Matt Ulery, bass
Jon Deitemyer, drums
To hear highlights of “Give Us These Days”:

Lynne Arriale’s music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices.
— JazzTimes

Lynne Arriale will be releasing her 14th CD as a leader May 15, 2018 with her debut on Challenge Records. “Give Us These Days,” is ambitious both in its conception and its unbridled sense of wonder. The six originals and three arrangements on this CD lead, ever so gently, to the chambers of the heart, there to reflect upon the precious and ephemeral nature of existence. What emerges is the theme of this record, brilliantly illuminated by the title track.

Arriale’s playing throughout this record is powerful; informed by rigorous classical training, prodigious technique, and seemingly boundless creativity. Her music exhibits a purity, unfettered by ego, and is lifted by a palpable sense of spiritual equanimity.

“The poet laureate of her generation” (Jazz Police), Arriale’s performances and recordings with her trio have been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, leader, composer, and arranger.

The world’s great jazz festivals and concert stages have invited Lynne to perform, including five performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea, Stuttgart, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Zagreb, Perth, Brisbane, Rouen, Cannes MIDEM, Sardinia, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Estoril, Palermo, Inverness, Cork and San Javier.

Her 13 CDs as a leader have topped the Jazzweek Radio Charts
and were included on numerous “Best Of” lists, including The New Yorker, United Press International, JAZZIZ and JazzTimes.

Lynne Arriale’s brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day.
— New York Times

She belongs among the poets. Truly distinctive, her improvisations weave a seductive combination of lyricism and muscle.
— The London Times

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

Orion Ensemble Concert Four: Quintessential Quintets
May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Orion Ensemble Concert Four: Quintessential Quintets @ PianoForte Studios

Guest Violin: Mathias Tacke

Guest Viola: Stephen Boe

Carl Maria von Weber
QUINTET in B-Flat Major for Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 34

George Gershwin
LULLABY for String Quartet (1919)

Antonín Dvořák
QUINTET No. 2 in A Major for String Quartet and Piano, Op. 81

Civic Orchestra Fellows Shared Recital
May 25 @ 7:30 pm
Civic Orchestra Fellows Shared Recital @ PianoForte Studios

The Civic Fellowship Program immerses fourteen emerging professional musicians in rigorous training that enhances their membership in the Civic Orchestra. Through an array of experiences designed to build and diversify creative and professional skills, the program empowers participants realize their full potential as artistically excellent, collaborative, civically engaged, and entrepreneurial musicians. Fellows serve as facilitators for special projects led by Yo-Yo Ma, perform at Symphony Center as well as in schools and communities across the city, mentor young musicians, design and implement community engagement projects, and more.

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Pequena Suite
1. Romancette
2. Legendaria
3. Melodia
4. Gavotte

Eugene Ysaye
Solo Cello Sonata

-Denielle Wilson, cello

Suite No. 3 in G major for solo Cello
Bouree I & II

Stefano Scodannibio

Sofia Gubaidulina
Selected Etudes

Carl Friedrich Abel
Piece for solo viol

-Joe Bauer, double bass

Daniel Schnyder
subZERO Concerto for Bass Trombone and Piano
1. subZERO
2. Samā’ī Thaqīl

Thora Borch / arr. Marcin Grochowina
Skyerne gråne (The Sky Darkens)

-Robin Schulze, bass trombone
-Yoko Yamada, piano

Felix Piano Trio
May 30 @ 7:00 pm
Felix Piano Trio @ PianoForte Studios

The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with PianoForte Foundation, is pleased to present a concert of music by the Felix Piano Trio by the following musicians:

Catia Capua, piano

Matteo Scarpelli, violoncello

Riccardo Renato Bonaccini, violin


Joseph Haydn Trio n. 39 “Gipsy” Andante Poco Adagio

Rondo all’Ongarese

L. van Beethoven

Trio op. 11 in Sib maggiore “Gassenhauer”

Allegro con brio Adagio Allegretto con variazioni

F. Mendelssohn Trio in re minore op. 49 Molto allegro ed agitato Andante con moto tranquillo Leggiero e vivace

Finale. Allegro assai appassionato

J. Fiastri Burlesque

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