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Thomas Zoells – Owner/CEO


Thomas Zoells is the owner of PianoForte Chicago, Inc., Chicago’s premier downtown piano destination. Mr. Zoells was born and raised in Switzerland and in Vienna, Austria.

He has worked for Ingpen & Williams in London and Agence Caecilia in Geneva, where he helped promote Jessye Norman, Alicia de Larrocha and Alfred Brendel, among others. He had a 20 year career in banking along the way and likes to keep active as an amateur pianist.

Darcy Zoells – Vice President

Darcy Zoells is a co-owner of Pianoforte Chicago. She is in charge of bookkeeping, billing, promotional materials, and trying to keep Thomas sane. Darcy’s background is in the visual arts, so as far as music is concerned she is strictly an audience member.

Victor Le Jeune – Lead Engineer/Director of Photography

A native of Miami, Victor moved to Illinois in 2008 to pursue a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University where he also studied Audio Engineering. With experience in a wide variety of production environments and a passion for producing exceptional media, Victor’s main objective is to ensure every project exceeds clients’ expectations.

Matt Ponio – Internet and Marketing Manager


Matt Ponio was born and raised in the Chicago area. His education includes an Associate’s in Fine Arts from McHenry Country College, a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Northern Illinois University (NIU), and a Master’s in Recording Arts from NIU.

In addition to his work as Internet and Marketing Manager of PianoForte Matt spends much of his time as a freelance audio engineer and videographer and also serves as piano technician to Northern Illinois University and many private clients.

Steve Marcus – Sales Manager

Although Steve was originally a high school and university music instructor, a summer job at a piano store led to a nearly 40-year career in wholesale and retail sales and management in the piano industry.

Married for 34 years and the father of two wonderful children, Steve shares his experience with parents, individuals, and institutions in their piano selection.

Steve is also a professional freelance musician performing on piano, tuba, and as a tenor or conductor in choral settings.

Steve earned his B.M. Ed. with concentration in piano and his M.M. (ABT) at Temple University Boyer College of Music, and studied tuba privately at Northwestern University.

Liz Stein – Sales – Pianos and Strings


Originally from Chicago, Liz has worked in the world of rare stringed instruments for nearly 20 years. In 1995, Liz moved to New York to setup the first U.S. location for Machold Rare Violins Ltd. Today, she is involved with many aspects of the trade. Working closely with musicians, collectors and business institutions, her role is quite diverse. She focuses on sales, public relations, business organizations, event planning as well as affiliations with patrons and friends of the arts. As a professionally trained violinist, Liz attended the University of Michigan on a 4-year performance scholarship, attaining a Bachelors Degree in Violin. She then continued her education and completed a Masters Degree from Northwestern University. As a professional musician, Liz possesses the ability and sensitivity needed to address the string musicians’ need in finding the right instrument.

PianoForte Chicago, Inc. Showroom: 900 N. Michigan Ave, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611 · PianoForte Studios: 1335 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605

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