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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 (15′)
Trio No. 39 “Gipsy”
Poco Adagio
Rondo all’Ongarese

Ludwig van Beethoven (18′)
Trio No. 4 in Sib maggiore Op. 11
Allegro con brio
Allegretto con variazioni

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (23′)
Trio No. 1 in re minore Op. 43
Molto allegro ed agitato
Andante con moto tranquillo
Scherzo. Leggero e vivace
Finale. Allegro assai appassionato

Jacob Fiastri (6′)

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The Mack Sisters Piano Duo
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm
The Mack Sisters Piano Duo @ PianoForte Studios

Japanese born pianists, Yuki and Tomoko Mack, have dazzled audiences on three continents. Their performances include a broad range of piano works – anywhere from chamber to orchestral music, both as soloists and as a piano duo.

After winning strong recognition as soloists, Yuki and Tomoko partnered to form the award-winning piano duo, “The Mack Sisters”. Together, they’ve won top prizes in several international competitions. Most notably, in 2006 they were selected as Steinway Artists – joining an impressive roster of world renown pianists.

Beyond the main-stage, they’ve performed live on the radio in Sweden, Italy, Poland and the United States.

Currently, Yuki and Tomoko reside in Michigan. With their deep roots in the musical community, they’ve established themselves as highly sought after educators and performing artists.

Their debut album “Rhapsody”, was followed by other recordings, including “American Mosaic”, “Fantasy”, and “Danse Montage” – all of which exhibit their unique sense of interpretation and flawless technique.

For information on booking, contact:
Sally Sanfield Artist Management
(248) 626-0948


Anton Dvorak
Slavonic Dance Op. 72, No. 5 in B flat minor
Slavonic Dance Op. 72, No. 1 in B minor

Manuel de Falla
Spanish Dance No. 1 and No. 2

Bedrich Smetana
Moldau from “Ma Vlast”

Valery Gavrilin
Selections from “Sketches”
Little Clock

Franz List
Tass, Lament and Triumph

Alexandre Tsomaia: Piano Recital
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm
Alexandre Tsomaia: Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Hailed as “Particularly impressive” by the Wall Street Journal, Alexandre Tsomaia, made his debut at the Newport Festival in Rhode Island, where he premiered 24 preludes of the Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze in North America. At a young age he appeared as soloist with several orchestras in Georgia, as well as in solo recitals. At the age of 14, he was accepted at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. During his time in the United States, he has appeared as a featured soloist at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, He has appeared on NPR’s “From TheTop” Alexandre has performed at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre with the members of the Toradze piano studio, receiving high acclaim from the New York Times. In March 2006 he won the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale competition. Alexandre was “Artist in Residence in Polish Music” while he was a performance diploma student and associate piano instructor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His teachers include Evelyne Brancart, Edward Auer and George Vatchnadze. Currently, Alexandre is an Assistant Music Director at the St. Barnabas Church in Chicago as well as a piano Instructor at Ravinia Lawndale School and Lyriq School of Music. Recent highlights in Alexandre’s career include performance at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the “Myra Hess” concert series, recital at the Beverly Arts Center and at the Chopin Theatre of Chicago, solo recital and a masterclass at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as solo piano recital at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire.

J. S Bach
English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807
Bourrée I
Bourrée II

L. V Beethoven
Sonata in F minor, op. 57 “Appassionata”
Allegro assai
Andante con moto
Allegro ma non troppo – Presto


Wendy Wan-Ki Lee

Nikolai Medtner
Sonata Reminiscenza, Op. 38, No. 1

F. Chopin
Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48, No. 2

Nocturne in D Flat Major Op 27, No. 2

Ballade no. 3 A flat major, Op 47

Lakeshore Rush
Jun 8 @ 8:00 pm
Lakeshore Rush @ PianoForte Studios

Works by Brahms, Debussy, Dutilleux, Muczynski, and Villa-Lobos

This is a free event, but donations are accepted.

Lakeshore Rush, named after rush grass currently making a resurgence around Lake Michigan, is a young Pierrot plus percussion ensemble based in Chicago. Since 2014, they have delighted audiences with performances of rhythmically charged contemporary chamber works and commissions of new pieces. They will perform a diverse chamber music program for flute, clarinet, cello, and piano at PianoForte Studios on Friday, June 8 at 8pm. Audiences will be delighted with their performance of trios by Brahms, Debussy, and Muczynski, as well as duos including the Dutilleux Sonatine and Villa-Lobos Chôros No. 2. Visit their website for additional information, recordings, and musician biographies at

Antonio Di Cristofano | Piano Recital
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm
Antonio Di Cristofano | Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Antonio Di Cristofano completed his piano studies in 1986 at the Conservatory “L.Cherubini” in Florence, under the supervision of M° Bacchelli. He has perfected with M° Damerini.

He played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the University of Milan, Strings Orchestra “Cantelli” of Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Florence, Symphony Orchestra of Lecce, Magna Grecia Orchestra, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Solisti Aquilani, Milano Classica Orchestra, Sinfonica Abbruzzese, Sanremo Orchestra, FVG Mittleurope Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Bucarest, Orquesta Sinfonica de l’Estado de Mexico, University Orchestra of Houston, Radiotelevision Albania Orchestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, Praga Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philarmonic, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Iasi State Philarmonic, Wiener Mozart Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonia, Philarmonique de Montreal, Jerusalem Symphony, Slovak Filharmonie, Kaerntner Sinfonieorchester, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, Orquestra do Norte, Sinfonica di Sao Paulo, Thuringen Orchestra,  Moravian Philharmonic, Euro Sinfonietta Wien and recently with La Scala Milan Orchestra, with conductors like G. Taverna, M. Bosch, M. Alsop, C. Schulz, M. Zanini, C. Olivieri-Munroe, L. Svarovsky, A. Chernushenko, M. Sieghart and many others. He played, in Italy, for the most important Festival: the “Verdi Theatre” in Florence, the “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Asolo Musica”, the Theatre of Alessandria, the “Bibbiena Theatre” in Mantova, the “Puccini Hall” at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” in Milan, “Politeama Theatre” in Palermo, “Auditorium San Barnaba” in Brescia, Festival Duni in Matera, etc., in Romania Enescu Festival in Bucarest, Espana (Festival de Vigo, Toledo Festival, Jeunesses Musicales de Sevilla), Mexico (Belles Artes Palacio, Revueltas Auditorium), USA (Moores Opera House of Houston, Gates Concert Hall in Denver, Washington International Piano Festival, ecc), Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir and Adana), Croatia (Dubrovnik – Rector Palace), Czech Republic (Praga – Smetana Hall and Dvorak Hall), Russia (Ciaikovsky Conservatoire), South Korea (Seoul – Leeum Auditorium), France (Nancyphonies Festival), Austria (Konzerthaus – Klagenfurt), Germany (Gasteig – Munich), Chopin Society Warsaw, Canada (Toronto – Glenn Gould Studio), Grieg Festival in Norway, Yamaha Concert Hall in Tokyo, Shanghay and Shenzen piano festival (China), Swiss, Albania, Israel, England, Portugal, Bulgary, Ukraine, Belgium, Brasil, Serbia, Argentina, Sweden, South Africa, ecc.

He recorded cds with Velut Luna and Millenium label and recently a newone titled Encores.

In 2006 and 2007 he mades the debut in Carnegie Hall – New York and in Konzerthaus and Golden Hall MusikVerein in Wien. He is often invited as a judge in international Piano Competition (Compositores de Espana – Madrid, Varallo, Cantù, Osijek, Gante – Pordenone, Parigi, Viardo – Belmont, Rachmaninov – Moscow, Iturbi – Valencia, Parnassos – Monterrey, Astana Merei International Competition -Astana, Baltic piano Competition -Gdansk, Bajic Memorial -Novi Sad, Hong Kong International Young Pianist Competition, Nordic Piano Competition – Malmoe, Mozart Piano Competition – Aachen, Louisiana Piano Competition, ecc) and to teach in Ciaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Valencia Conservatory, in the Summer Academy in Dubrovnik, in Shanghay, Xiamen and Ningbo Conservatory in China, in the SMC Academy in Seoul, In Valletta International Piano Festival, in Sofia Conservatory, in Thessaloniki Conservatory, in The Orpheus Academy in Wien and in many USA University.

He received the Paul Harrys Fellows from Rotary Club. He is Guest Professor at the Xiamen Conservatory in China and in the Summer Academy Orpheus in Wien.

Antonio Di Cristofano


Mozart Sonata k 330

Chopin Polacca Fantasia op. 61

Brahms Ballate op 10

Brahms Klavierstucke op. 118 n. 1-2-3

Stasevskij Sawada Duo: Solo and duo works for piano and cello
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm
Stasevskij Sawada Duo: Solo and duo works for piano and cello @ PianoForte Studios

Lukas Stasevskij, cello, and Miki Sawada, piano, will be performing works by Brahms, Dvorak, Penderecki, and Scriabin.

Lukas Stasevskij – Cello
Cellist Lukas Stasevskij has studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, which is world renowned for the cello program, with Professors Arto Noras and Martti Rousi, as well as at Basel Musikakademie in Switzerland with Professor Ivan Monighetti.

Lukas Stasevskij has appeared with many orchestras as a soloist, and in solo and chamber music recitals in Europe and in Asia. He has performed in music festivals such as The Naantali Music Festival, The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and The Santander Music Festival.

Lukas Stasevskij won the 4th prize at the prestigious Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in February 2011 and performed with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also awarded a special prize in the International Paulo Cello Competition in 2013.

In 2015 Lukas Stasevskij won audition in London to Lincoln Center Recidence Piano Quintet, based in New York. Lukas started performing regurlarly as a cellist of quintet in January 2016.

Lukas Stasevskij is founder and artistic director of Game Music Collective, Europe’s first professional orchestra focusing on game music live performances.

Lukas plays on cello of Charles Jacquot, Paris 1856, loaned by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Miki Sawada – Piano
Miki Sawada is a musician who is free-spirited in her pursuit of adventure while showing deep commitment to fully realize classical music’s capacity to nurture and strengthen community bonds. She recently completed “Gather Hear Alaska,” in which she traveled for three weeks in Alaska with a piano in a van. Accompanied only by a filmmaker, she gave 25 performances in community hubs such as cafes, bars, parks, schools, mostly focusing on rural communities.

In the 2016-17 season, Miki presented a solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess concert serie. Other season highlights included a debut recital with cello partner Lukas Stasevskij at Helsinki Music Centre, solo recitals in Japan, Belgium, and the U.S., and contemporary music performances in New York City at venues such as Spectrum NYC, Dimenna Center, and Roulette. Miki’s performances in the past have been featured at venues and occasions such as: Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Stage on Holland America Line, the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Aurora Music Festival (Sweden), Music on Main (Vancouver), Chicago Symphony Center’s Macy’s Day of Music, the Banff Centre, and radio stations WQXR (NYC) and WFMT (Chicago). In the summers, she teaches and performs as a faculty member of Heifetz Institute, Point CounterPoint Camp, and Berkshire High Peaks Festival. ​Miki holds degrees from Yale School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University.

Renana Gutman: Piano Recital
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm
Renana Gutman: Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios


French Suite no.5 in G major BWV816

György Ligeti
Two etudes from book I:

Erwin Schulhoff
5 Jazz etudes:
Toccata sur le Shimmy “Kitten on the Keys”


Claude Debussy
Children’s Corner:
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Jimbo’s Lullaby
Serenade for the Doll
The Snow is dancing
The Little Shepherd
Golliwogg’s Cakewalk

Frederic Chopin
Waltz in F minor, op.70, no.2
Etude in A-flat major, op.25, no.1
Etude in F minor, op.25, no.2
Nocturne in D-flat major, op.27, no.2
Etude in C-sharp minor, op.25, no.7
Etude in A minor, op.25, no.11

Praised by the New York Times for her “passionate and insightful” playing, Renana Gutman has performed across four continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist. She played at venues like The Louvre Museum, Grenoble Museum, (France), Carnegie Recital Hall, People’s Symphony Concerts, Merkin Hall (New York), St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia (Russia), Stresa Music Festival (Italy), Ravinia Rising Stars (Chicago), Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum (Boston), Herbst Theatre (St. Francisco), Menuhin Hall (UK), UNISA (South Africa), Marlboro (VT), and National Gallery, Phillips Collection, and Freer Gallery (Washington DC). Her performances are heard frequently on WQXR Young Artists Showcase, NY, WFMT Dame Myra Hess, Chicago, and MPR Performances Today, MN.

Renana was one of four young pianists selected by the renowned Leon Fleisher to participate in his workshop on Beethoven piano sonatas hosted by Carnegie Hall, where she presented performances of “Hammerklavier” and “Appassionata” to critical acclaim. Her recording of Chopin etudes op.25 will be released in 2018 by “The Chopin Project”. A top prize winner at Los Angeles Liszt competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York, and Tel-Hai International Master Classes, she performed concerti such as Brahms 2nd, Rachmaninoff-Paganini Variations, and Beethoven’s “Emperor” with the Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi”, and Mannes College Orchestra. Her festival appearances included Marlboro and Ravinia, where she collaborated with prominent musicians like pianist Richard Goode, clarinetist Anthony McGill and members of the Guarneri string quartet, to name a few.

High in demand as a chamber musician, Renana toured with “Musicians from Marlboro”, and serves regularly as the collaborative pianist of Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival, where she performs chamber music and lieder extensively.  In last seasons she performed chamber music with violist Kim Kashkashian, violinist Miriam Fried, and clarinetist Charles Neidich.  She tours regularly with violinist Alexi Kenney, winner of Avery Fisher Grant.

Renana premiered newly commissioned music by Paul Schoenfield, Tamar Muskal, Judith Zaimont, and other living composers. As a member of “Echoes of Hope” project, she is also dedicated to performing obscure pieces by Jewish composers who perished in the Holocaust; Erwin Schulhoff, Viktor Ullmann, and others. A former founder of the piano trio “Terzetto”, Renana won first Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, Ohio, and performed Beethoven Triple Concerto with Lansing Symphony. The trio was featured at “Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival”, the Banff Center, Canada, Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, North Carolina and Saugatuck Music Festival, Michigan.

From 2008-2010, Renana had been on the piano faculty of the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in the UK, alongside prof. Marcel Baudet. She currently teaches at 92nd Street Y, and Bard College Preparatory in NY. A native of Israel, Renana started playing at the age of six, and soon after, garnered multiple awards and honors. She received scholarships from the America Israel Cultural Foundation, and the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women.  She completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Mannes College of Music, NY, where she studied with Richard Goode. In Israel, her teachers were pianists Natasha Tadson, Viktor Derevianko, and the Israeli composer Arie Shapira.

Renana became an American citizen in 2015 and makes her home in NYC. She also pursues her passion for Argentinian Tango, languages, and poetry.

Muen Wei | Piano Recital
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm
Muen Wei | Piano Recital @ PianoForte Studios

Dr. Muen Wei, a native of China, has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and jazz pianist. She has been applauded by critics for her “delicate playing” and “admirable virtuosic skills.”(The News-Gazette)  She has been guest soloist under the baton of Ian Hobson, Donald Schleicher, and Xiaoying Zheng. As a chamber musician, Dr. Wei has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Lynn Harrell, Ian Hobson, Ko Iwasaki, Peter Lloyd, Joel Smirnoff,  among others.

Wei’s musicianship has been recognized in many competitions, including the Seattle International Competition, International Music Competition Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso, Artist Presentation Society Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York, China Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Beijing, the UI Symphony Concerto Competition and Sinfonia da Camera Concerto Competition; She was the recipient of University Fellowship from University of Illinois in 2012, the Montecito International Music Festival Fellowship from 2013-2015.

Wei received her Bachelor of Music Degree from China Conservatory. In 2012, she received her Masters of Music Degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Daniel Shapiro, with honor of the Dr. Joseph and Bess Scharff Leven Prize in Piano. She earned her DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the instruction of Ian Hobson. She has also performed in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Peter Donohoe, Dominique Merlet, John Perry and Arie Vardi.



Fantasy in C Major Op. 17


Sonata in B Minor S.178

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