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March 2020

Rabia Brooke: Violin Recital

March 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

Equally at home as a solo, chamber, and orchestral player, Rabia Brooke is an award-winning violinist whose performance experiences span a wide range of repertoire, styles, and collaborators. This season, Miss Brooke will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Alice Tully Hall as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra, solo works at PianoForte Studios, Award Winner Concert Series in Preston Bradly Hall and premier works by local composer, Mischa Zupko. Last season Rabia performed at the Aspen Music Festival…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “High Sierra” with discussion afterward

March 11, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

"High Sierra" (1941) After the success of "They Drive By Night," Ida Lupino was emerging as a major star at Warner Bros. Humphrey Bogart desperate to advance to lead roles, talked George Raft (director Raul Walsh's first choice) out of taking the role. It proved to be a breakout performance; he would never again play second leads. Bogart plays Roy (Mad Dog) Earle recently released from prison and eager for one big time robbery so he can retire in comfort.…

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CANCELED: Ling-Ju Lai: Toccatas & Sonatas – Piano Recital

March 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. There are tentative plans to reschedule, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ LING-JU LAI, a native of Taiwan, has garnered consistently favorable reviews for her creative interpretation of Baroque keyboard music, particularly the music of J.S. Bach. Sir András Schiff expresses, “Ms.…

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CANCELED: Chicago Cabaret Week: Simply Scotty – Scott Gryder with Nick Sula

March 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$15

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. With his zany, heartfelt songbook of Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and specialty ditties, that ‘one-man parade of entertainment’ Scott Gryder, with the amazing Nick Sula on piano, brings a night of musical mayhem to PianoForte with SIMPLY SCOTTY!

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CANCELED: Tobias James: An Evening of Polish Classical Guitar Music

March 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days.  Rising guitarist Tobias James “performs with great energy, musicality, technique and a genuine enthusiasm for the repertoire” (Jason Vieaux, Grammy-Award winning guitarist) and is bursting onto the musical scene with great passion. A native of the Chicago area, Tobias was born into a musical family where he started to play Suzuki classical guitar…

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CANCELED: Perpetual Motion Etudes – CD & Book Release with Jeremy Siskind and Angelin Chang

March 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Jeremy Siskind is celebrating the release of a new book and CD of his Perpetual Motion Etudes by performing a special classical-meets-jazz crossover album with Grammy-winning pianist Angelin Chang. The two will exchange written-out performances and improvised explorations, showcasing their virtuosity while staring in the face of musical danger. Fans of Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea, Nikolai Kapustin, Herbie Hancock, Fred Hersch, Egberto Gismonti, and others will love this performance. MTNA…

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CANCELED: Chicago Cabaret Week: Arlene Armstrong

March 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$25

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. Singer Arlene Armstrong will perform as a part of Chicago Cabaret Week. Actor-Director-Musician. A multi-hyphenate before she was out of grade school. As a kid, she put on shows for the neighborhood in her basement; auditioning all the acts, writing the shows and building the sets. But, when she got the role of…

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CANCELED: The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 1

March 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. There are tentative plans to reschedule, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Dmitri Makhtin, violin and Julia Siciliano, piano will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas 1, 2, 3, and 10. Dmitri Makhtin, violin Born in St Petersburg in 1975, Dmitri Makhtin started his…

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CANCELED: The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 2

March 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. There are tentative plans to reschedule, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Dmitri Makhtin, violin and Julia Siciliano, piano will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas 6, 8, and 7. Dmitri Makhtin, violin Born in St Petersburg in 1975, Dmitri Makhtin started his musical…

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CANCELED: The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas: Concert 3

March 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. There are tentative plans to reschedule, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Dmitri Makhtin, violin and Julia Siciliano, piano will perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas 4, 5, and 9. Dmitri Makhtin, violin Born in St Petersburg in 1975, Dmitri Makhtin started his musical…

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CANCELED: Chicago Cabaret Week: Cynthia Clarey – Bridge Over Muddied Waters

March 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$25

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. The waters in our country have been muddied with hate, fear, and division. What are we going to do about it? Can we do anything about it? Join Cynthia as she traces where we've been and how we got here, finding truth, compassion and humor along the way.

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Leave Her to Heaven” with discussion afterward

March 30, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

"Leave Her to Heaven" (1945) Considered one of the few films noir shot in Technicolor, "Leave Her to Heaven" was one of the biggest hits of the 1940s. Gene Tierney plays Ellen Berent a woman whose jealousy and possessiveness destroys the lives of those who get in her way. All admissions: $5 Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club for you. You’ll have fun learning about the classical Hollywood period of filmmaking as well as…

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April 2020

Chicago Film Club: Screening of “The Woman in the Window” with discussion afterward

April 8, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

The Woman in the Window (1944) stars Edward G. Robinson as a mild-mannered college professor who gets involved with a mysterious woman (Joan Bennett). In the time span of one weekend, the professor’s life is turned upside down with no easy solution in site. This film was directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (Metropolis) and features classic black and white cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club for you. You’ll…

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CANCELED: Erin Murphy and Kirstin Ihde: Day and Night – Modern Flute and Piano Duos by Women Composers

April 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. There are tentative plans to reschedule, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Erin K. Murphy frequently performs with orchestras, in chamber music collaborations, and as a soloist throughout the U.S. and abroad. She holds flute performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, and University of Michigan. In addition, she earned a performance certificate while studying in England at…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “This Gun for Hire” with discussion afterward

April 22, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

This Gun for Hire (1942) is the film that made Alan Ladd a star and paired him with Veronica Lake, making them one of the most popular screen teams. Ladd stars as Raven a hired gun double crossed by his employer who reports him to the Los Angeles police department. Enter Veronica Lake, an entertainer and girlfriend of the detective, (Robert Preston) assigned to the case against Raven. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…

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CANCELED: A Performance of Morton Feldman’s “Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello”

April 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$15

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any purchased tickets will be refunded and should appear on your card in the next few days. There are tentative plans to reschedule, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Myra Hinrichs, Nicholas Jeffery, Kelly Quesada, and Christopher Narloch will perform Morton Feldman’s “Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello.” After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory in violin performance, Myra Hinrichs moved to Chicago, where she…

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May 2020

Nicholas Ross: A Recital for the Left Hand Alone

May 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Pianist and researcher Nick Ross specializes in repertoire for the left hand alone, in programs that feature music by Leopold Godowsky and contemporary composers Kent Holliday, Brian Pearson and Philip Martin among others. Ross’ previous concerts, recordings and research focused on neglected repertoire of the early Twentieth Century by such composers as Leopold Godowsky and Arthur Honegger. In his research, he has also focused on proportional structures and the golden ratio in the music of Mozart, Debussy, Bartók and others.…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Scarlet Street” with discussion afterward

May 4, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

Scarlet Street (1945) reunited Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett (The Woman in the Window) in a new noir tale. Robinson is a shy, lonely man stuck in a loveless marriage to a woman who demeans him on a daily basis, comparing him constantly to her late first husband. When Robinson sees Bennett being ruffed up by her boyfriend (Dan Duryea), he steps in to save her. Little did Robinson realize that his good deed would lead to a series…

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CANCELED: The Orion Ensemble with guests Stephen Boe, Viola, and Mathias Tacke, violin

May 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$30

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. To stay informed about any concert rescheduling sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart CLARINET QUINTET in A Major, K. 581 Alexander Borodin STRING QUARTET No. 2 in D Major Robert Schumann PIANO QUINTET in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 Florentina Ramniceanu, Violin Judy Stone, Cello Kathryne Pirtle, Clarinet Diana Schmück, Piano Recognized as one of Chicago’s finest chamber music groups, the ORION ENSEMBLE has been…

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CANCELED: Horacio Lavandera – Piano Recital

May 10, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. All tickets have been refunded in full. To stay informed about any concert rescheduling sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Worldly recognized, renowned American critic Ted Gioia (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc) included Horacio Lavanderas ECM recording with music by Dino Saluzzi in the Top 20 Best Albums of the year in 2015. It was recorded in Oslo by one industry legend, the German producer Manfred…

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CANCELED: Helene Papadopoulos: Piano Recital

May 17, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. All tickets have been refunded in full. There are tentative plans to reschedule, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ French pianist Helene Papadopoulos will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Hélène Papadopoulos is a pianist with a complex and highly sensitive personality. She is a searching artist who seeks deep insight into the music and into the art of piano playing.…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Call Northside 777” with discussion afterward

May 20, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

Call Northside 777 (1948) is based on a true story and shot entirely on location in Chicago. James Stewart plays a newspaper man who tries to help a poor woman get her son out of jail, believing he is not guilty of the murder he was sent to prison for. Using old fashioned shoe leather and the latest technology, Stewart comes to believe justice has not been served. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…

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Josh Modney and Jacob Greenberg: American Avant-Garde: Lewis, Braxton, Carter

May 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10

Josh Modney is a violinist devoted to creative musicmaking. A “new-music luminary,” “superb violinist” (The New York Times), and “multitasking virtuoso” (The New Yorker) hailed for “jaw-dropping technical skill…” and as “one of today’s most intrepid experimentalists” (Bandcamp Daily), Modney collaborates with a wide array of renowned ensembles and artists as part of a broad scene of adventurous music that thrives at the nexus of composition, improvisation, and interpretation. Modney is violinist and Executive Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble…

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World Premiere: The Maud Powell Project – Megan Healy, violin

May 29, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Denver-based violinist Megan Healy is an active pedagogue, recitalist, and performer of orchestral and chamber music. Megan enjoys a multifaceted career as a freelance performing artist and teacher. Upcoming projects include an album of five new works for solo violin written by American composers Lauren Bernofsky, Elisabeth Blair, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Jessica Meyer, and Hilary Purrington, inspired by and dedicated to Maud Powell. These works will be performed in a variety of contexts, including a recital tour, interdisciplinary performances, educational…

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June 2020

Chicago Film Club: Screening of “Gaslight” with discussion afterward

June 3, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

Gaslight (1944) is a historical drama with noir overtones. It features beautiful black and white photography and an Academy Award winning performance from Ingrid Bergman as Paula, the wife of a man (Charles Boyer) who may be trying to drive her crazy. The film is tautly directed by George Cukor who guided a 16-year-old Angela Lansbury to an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress in her film debut. Chicago Film Club If you love classic movies, this is the club…

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CANCELED: Lakeshore Rush: Nature’s Palette

June 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. There are tentative plans to reschedule for some time in August, but no date has been set. To stay informed sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Lakeshore Rush will perform chamber works by Dutilleux, Gillespie, Mazzoli, Mellits, and Piazzolla. Lakeshore Rush comprises extraordinary musicians from Chicago who are delighting audiences of all ages with riveting contemporary and classical standards and forgotten masterpieces, characterized by programmatic innovation, synergistic collaborative…

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Bob Mamet: 7 Time Chart-topping Jazz Pianist and Composer performs a special Livestream Concert

June 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

7-Time Chart-topping Jazz pianist and composer Bob Mamet will be performing a special Livestream solo piano concert from the PianoForte studios. This is a free online-only event streaming on Youtube, Facebook Live, and on the PianoForte website. The performance will feature a mix of standards and classics, as well as some originals and fan favorites. Bob will also debut 2 brand new compositions performed “live” for the first time. See the links below to tune in on any of the…

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Chicago Film Club: Screening of “House of Strangers” with discussion afterward

June 26, 2020 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$5

House of Strangers (1949) is a family drama starring Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, and Richard Conte. Robinson stars as Gino Monetti a self-made man who made his fortune banking. He has four sons. Three sons work with Gino at the bank. His other son, Max (Richard Conte) is a lawyer who rents office space in the bank. The sons that work with their father resent him because he belittles and insults them at every opportunity. When Gino is found…

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July 2020

Isabelle Olivier: SMILE

July 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 13, 2020

PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$15

French Harpist and Composer Isabelle Olivier is starting a new 2-year project, called “SMILE”. For our Summer Series at Pianoforte, she will welcome you into her composing, improvising and performing process. Each concert will be at the crossroad of classical, jazz, traditional, and world music, featuring pieces from various composers, as well as originals. Every week, she will perform a new solo set, full of surprises. Isabelle Olivier is thrilled to perform every Thursday at 6:30 PM, from July 9…

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CANCELED: Lars Hoefs and Grisha Krivchenia: Cello and Piano Recital

July 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. All tickets have been refunded in full. To stay informed about any concert rescheduling sign up for our email newsletter here: https://pianofortechicago.com/newsletter/ Lars Hoefs and Grisha Krivchenia will present an emotional and lively program, presenting two great sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven and works by Heitor Villa-Lobos and contemporary Brazilian masters. American cellist Lars Hoefs performs and teaches in South America, the United States, and Europe. Lars has established himself…

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CANCELLED: A Guitar Tribute to Mathias Maestro: The Mysterious 18th Century Artist

July 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This concert is cancelled until further notice. Check our page for an update to see this artist. Rafael Vivanco, guitar, and Gisella Milla Adams, soprano, present a concert featuring traditional music from the Viceroyalty of Peru. Rafael Vivanco started playing the guitar at the age of 11 in Peru. He performed regularly at venues in Lima while studying classical guitar with Alonso Acosta Ojeda. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance at the…

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September 2020

onstage/offstage: Jewish Kaleidoscope

September 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20 – $70

NSCMF’s veteran artists pianist William Wolfram, cellist Mark Kosower, and clarinetist Ilya Shterenberg, join our directors Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe in exploring the many dimensions of Jewish and Israeli music in a concert supported by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, culminating in a world premiere of a new work by the celebrated Israeli composer Avner Dorman. The onstage/offstage series brings the magic of the annual summer festival to downtown Chicago during the 2O2O-21 season. Now that guidelines…

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onstage/offstage: Love Triangle

September 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20 – $70

One of the most poignant love stories in classical music is that of the complex relationship between the brilliant but troubled composer Robert Schumann, his adoring wife – celebrity pianist Clara Schumann – and the beguiling and devoted Johannes Brahms. The onstage/offstage series brings the magic of the annual summer festival to downtown Chicago during the 2O2O-21 season. Now that guidelines are permitting in-person concerts we are so pleased to welcome you back inside the concert hall. Each event is presented live-in-person in the…

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PianoForte LIVE Series: Tokiko Kimura

September 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Tokiko is an acclaimed musician. She comes from the head family of the renowned Ikuta Koto School in Japan. She studied Koto under her uncle, Shinzo Miyagi, who was the Ikuta schoolmaster. She continued to study her piano in Senzoku Music University in Tokyo Japan where she obtained a degree with honors. She has frequently been invited at various occasions playing the piano as a soloist or accompanist, and in ensembles. She also teaches piano and Koto, and will be…

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October 2020

The Orion Ensemble: All-Beethoven Live and Livestream Concert

October 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

Orion is delighted and grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday! As the worldwide celebrations had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, we feel incredibly fortunate that we can present our all-Beethoven program, which includes two of his most beloved chamber music pieces. We are looking forward to performing these for our audiences, whether in person or virtually. A maximum of 20 people may attend in person at PianoForte Studios. Audience members must wear masks at all times.…

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onstage/offstage: Charlie Chaplin’s Smile

October 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20 – $70

Many know the legendary Charlie Chaplin as a great comedian and filmmaker but not so many are aware of his gifts as a very talented musicians and composer. Chaplin composed the soundtrack music to his hits “City Lights, “Modern Times”, “The Great Dictator”, “Monsieur Verdoux” and “Gold Rush. He even conducted the orchestra himself during recordings because he felt that this was an integral part of his artistry as a filmmaker. Grammy Award nominee violinist Philippe Quint celebrates Charlie Chaplin’s…

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Isabelle Olivier: SMILE

October 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$15

French Harpist and Composer Isabelle Olivier is starting a new 2-year project, called “SMILE”. For our Fall Series at Pianoforte, she will welcome you into her composing, improvising and performing process. This concert will be at the crossroad of classical, jazz, traditional, and world music, featuring pieces from various composers, as well as originals. Isabelle Olivier is thrilled to perform Thursday October 22, 6:30 PM. She will share with you her warmest vibes, and welcoming spirit. Seating will be limited…

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PianoForte LIVE Series: Anthony Molinaro

October 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Anthony Molinaro is the 1997 winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition and one of the most versatile pianists of his generation. Acclaimed for his "edge-of-the-seat brilliance" and "musically imaginative mind," Mr. Molinaro has appeared as soloist with over fifty symphony orchestras, headlined at major jazz clubs throughout the world, and composed and arranged music in both the classical and jazz genres. PianoForte LIVE brings our recital series into your home, virtually, through Facebook and Youtube. Limited in-person tickets…

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PianoForte LIVE Series: Anthony Molinaro

October 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Anthony Molinaro is the 1997 winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Piano Competition and one of the most versatile pianists of his generation. Acclaimed for his "edge-of-the-seat brilliance" and "musically imaginative mind," Mr. Molinaro has appeared as soloist with over fifty symphony orchestras, headlined at major jazz clubs throughout the world, and composed and arranged music in both the classical and jazz genres. PianoForte LIVE brings our recital series into your home, virtually, through Facebook and Youtube. Limited in-person tickets…

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February 2021

The Orion Ensemble – Live & Livestream Concert

February 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

Program: Johannes Brahms' Trio No. 1 in B Major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 8, composed in 1853-54 and revised 35 years later, is a deep and mature work that nonetheless exudes youthful energy. Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1992) by Alexander Arutiunian contains moods ranging from emotionally tense to lyrical. The Verdehr Trio commissioned the piece and describes its final movement as "containing elements of Armenian dance rhythms with their capricious pulse and unexpected irregularities in a…

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Cello Recital with Christopher Ferrer and Eric Weimer – Camerata Chicago Chamber Music Series

February 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10 – $75

Camerata Chicago Presents: Cellist Christopher Ferrer and pianist Eric Weiner present an evening of wonderful cello chamber music including Bach, Schumann, Debussy, Dutilleux and Piazzola. A total of 26 in-person tickets will be available. To purchase, visit: https://cameratachicago.ticketleap.com/20210219-chicago/details Livestream only tickets are also available here: https://cameratachicago.ticketleap.com/20210219-livestream/details Program: Bach Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano S.1027 Schumann's Fantasiestucke Op. 73 Dutilleux Sarabande et Cortege Debussy Cello Sonata Piazzola "Le Grand Tango" Cellist Christopher Ferrer is Principal Cellist of Camerata Chicago…

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2021 Stars of Tomorrow! Benefit Gala Concert

February 20, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

This year’s annual Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund Gala will be held in-person (limited seating) at PianoForte Chicago and by livestream internationally on The Violin Channel. Everyone will receive complimentary access to enjoy this year’s Gala performances! Since 2015, the North Shore Chamber Music Festival has been thrilled to award scholarships to over 40 talented young artists from around the world, all thanks to the generosity of many wonderful individual supporters and sponsors. The AFSF was created by the North Shore…

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March 2021

Serenades for Violin and Strings with Rika Seko

March 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10 – $75

After graduating from Tokyo University of Arts, Rika Seko began her professional career in Bogota, Colombia in 1986, first as guest Concertmaster of the Colombia Symphony, then as Assistant Concertmaster in the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. Rika has appeared with many Chicago-area orchestras including Chicago Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Camerata Chicago. As soloist she has performed with Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra (WI), the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra (IL) and Camerata Chicago (IL) with which she is Associate Concert Master. The…

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April 2021

Smile – Harp Solo with Guest Raphael Olivier – Guitar and Electro

April 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

For her eleventh album, Isabelle Olivier composes and explores the notion of openness to the other to present ten personal compositions and three covers from Charlie Chaplin to James Blake or Nat Adderley. Raphael Olivier, her son will be her first guest with guitar and electronics at PianoForte Studio. Isabelle Olivier celebrates her 30th Birthday of Performances in 25 countries. She is a jazz woman, harpist and composer with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and…

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Colors of Virtuosity with violinists Danbi Um and Paul Huang

April 10, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

ARTISTS Danbi Um, violin Paul Huang, violin Amy Yang, piano PROGRAM Violin Sonata in F Major Allegro vivace Adagio Assai vivace Avodah Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op 13 Maiden in the Bridal Chamber Dogberry and Verges Garden Scene Masquerade Sonata for 2 Violins in A Minor Poco lento, maestoso – Allegro fermo Hebraique Elegie for 2 Violins Navarra for 2 Violins and Piano, Op. 33 Danbi Um was praised as an “utterly dazzling” artist (The Strad), with “a marvelous show…

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In Hell’s Sightlines

April 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

A joyful original work and a unique musical testimony from a survivor of the world war II. Germaine Tillon (1907-2008) was an ethnologist well known for her work on Algeria in the 1950s. As member of the French Resistance, she was imprisoned in the Ravensbruck death camp. She arrived on October 21 of 1943. There she secretly wrote an operate libretto "In Hell's Sightlines" to entertain her cell mates. In 2018, Isabelle Olivier, during one of her concert in Chicago,…

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The Orion Ensemble Live and Livestream Concert

April 18, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

Program Sonata in D Minor for Clarinet and Piano (2016) is written by contemporary composer Michele Mangani (b. 1966). A clarinetist himself, Mangani has written extensively for the clarinet, bringing out the instrument's lyricism, virtuosity and rich palette of tonal colors. This is Orion's first performance of this work. Trio in D Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano, Opus 32 by Anton Arensky (1861-1906), an Orion favorite, is an ultra-Romantic piece that exudes melody, pathos, brilliant technique and beautiful sound…

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Smile Harp Solo Special guest : Ernie Adams – drums

April 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Original music by French composer and harpist Isabelle Olivier. For her eleventh album, Isabelle Olivier composes and explores the notion of openness to the other to present ten personal compositions and three covers from Charlie Chaplin to James Blake or Nat Adderley. Isabelle Olivier celebrates her 30th Birthday of Performances in 25 countries. She is a jazz woman, harpist and composer with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with…

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May 2021

World Premiere: The Maud Powell Project

May 8, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Youtube livestream: https://youtu.be/HCFmiPqq_h8 The Maud Powell Project celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and Women's Suffrage with five new works for solo violin inspired by and dedicated to violinist Maud Powell. The works, commissioned by violinist Megan Healy and written by American composers Lauren Bernofsky, Elisabeth Blair, Stephanie Ann Boyd, Jessica Meyer, and Hilary Purrington, were recorded at the University of Denver in August 2020 and will be premiered in Chicago in May 2021. The works will subsequently…

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Daniel Baer and Margaret Izard: Songs of America

May 9, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This is an online-only art song recital that is free to watch. You will be able to watch by visiting our YouTube Page or by clicking on the video player below. Program: Leslie Adams: Night Songs Nico Gutierrez: Nostalgias del mi abuela Jordan Jenkins: Omega Jake Heggie: Of Gods and Cats and more! SPONSORSHIP Sponsors receive additional recorded content and a pre-concert discussion between the artists. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daniel-baer-and-margaret-izard-new-world-art-song-tickets-149791064105…

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Mary Halm Master’s Recital #2

May 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

In this final graduate recital, Ms. Halm has programmed all women composers, including Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Scott, Mary Lou Williams and others. The program features: Mary Halm - Acoustic Bass Gabby Henderson - Vocals Sarah Clausen - Alto Saxophone Radka Kasparkova - Guitar Connor Mannebach - Piano Jeremy Benshish - Drums and Cymbals https://www.maryhalm.com/

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Expressing Mongolian Identity through Piano Performance (Lecture-Concert) – Presenting works by Sharav Byambasuren

May 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$30

Dr. Shuree Enkhbold is a Mongolian-American pianist. She completed a doctorate degree in piano performance at the University of Arizona, a minor in Entrepreneurship at the Eller School of Management. Through her work, she hopes to shape the world of classical music as an artist and cultural entrepreneur. As a naturalized immigrant, she is also interested in bringing the beauty of Mongolian culture to a wider and international audience. Dr. Enkhbold was a recipient of the Field Research Fellowship to…

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July 2021

Ian Gindes – Piano Recital

July 10, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

“I cannot believe how completely was attuned to the content of the music, the beautiful piano tone, and the absolutely appropriate sentiment of every moment!” ~ New York Concert Review During his childhood in Southern California, Ian Gindes was first introduced to the world of classical music and the piano by his father, who had studied piano in his youth with Ania Dorfman and Michel Piastro. Ian went on to work with Bonnie Farrer and Errol Haun, both who had…

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Earth, Wind, and Art: Isabelle Olivier’s New Compositions

July 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier is thrilled to launch her new project at PianoForte Chicago « Earth, Wind, and Art » from July 22nd to August 26th. Every Thursday at 6:00 PM, she will interact with your thoughts, feelings and ideas through her music. During this interactive musical experience, Isabelle hopes to uncover moments of resonance, creative innovation and communal memories while creating solo and collaborative pieces from all areas: music, dance, visual art and drama. Through this interactive musical performance, we search…

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Earth, Wind, and Art: Isabelle Olivier’s New Compositions

July 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier is thrilled to launch her new project at PianoForte Chicago « Earth, Wind, and Art » from July 22nd to August 26th. Every Thursday at 6:00 PM, she will interact with your thoughts, feelings and ideas through her music. During this interactive musical experience, Isabelle hopes to uncover moments of resonance, creative innovation and communal memories while creating solo and collaborative pieces from all areas: music, dance, visual art and drama. Through this interactive musical performance, we search…

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August 2021

Earth, Wind, and Art: Isabelle Olivier’s New Compositions

August 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier is thrilled to launch her new project at PianoForte Chicago « Earth, Wind, and Art » from July 22nd to August 26th. Every Thursday at 6:00 PM, she will interact with your thoughts, feelings and ideas through her music. During this interactive musical experience, Isabelle hopes to uncover moments of resonance, creative innovation and communal memories while creating solo and collaborative pieces from all areas: music, dance, visual art and drama. Through this interactive musical performance, we search…

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Earth, Wind, and Art: Isabelle Olivier’s New Compositions

August 12, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier is thrilled to launch her new project at PianoForte Chicago « Earth, Wind, and Art » from July 22nd to August 26th. Every Thursday at 6:00 PM, she will interact with your thoughts, feelings and ideas through her music. During this interactive musical experience, Isabelle hopes to uncover moments of resonance, creative innovation and communal memories while creating solo and collaborative pieces from all areas: music, dance, visual art and drama. Through this interactive musical performance, we search…

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Earth, Wind, and Art: Isabelle Olivier’s New Compositions

August 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier is thrilled to launch her new project at PianoForte Chicago « Earth, Wind, and Art » from July 22nd to August 26th. Every Thursday at 6:00 PM, she will interact with your thoughts, feelings and ideas through her music. During this interactive musical experience, Isabelle hopes to uncover moments of resonance, creative innovation and communal memories while creating solo and collaborative pieces from all areas: music, dance, visual art and drama. Through this interactive musical performance, we search…

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Rachel Kudo: Piano Recital

August 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

American pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo is captivating audiences around the globe with her "heartfelt, courageous and perfect playing” (Lübecker Nachrichten) and as a “thrilling” artist with “the highest artistic claim who demonstrates a perfection of technique and precision down to the smallest motivic detail” (Die Rheinpfalz). Following her orchestral debut with the Chicago and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, Rachel has performed as both soloist and chamber musician at venues including the Bachfest in Leipzig, Royal Castle in Warsaw, Salle Cortot…

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Earth, Wind, and Art: Isabelle Olivier’s New Compositions

August 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 26, 2021

PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier is thrilled to launch her new project at PianoForte Chicago « Earth, Wind, and Art » from July 22nd to August 26th. Every Thursday at 6:00 PM, she will interact with your thoughts, feelings and ideas through her music. During this interactive musical experience, Isabelle hopes to uncover moments of resonance, creative innovation and communal memories while creating solo and collaborative pieces from all areas: music, dance, visual art and drama. Through this interactive musical performance, we search…

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Celebrating Ragtime: Reginald Robinson & the Taslimah Bey Trio

August 28, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Reginald Robinson’s love for traditional jazz styles started in 1984 with his older brother listening to Swing recordings at home. In 1986 while in 7th grade a city funded arts program gave an assembly at his school called "From Bach to Bebop" with a live jazz ensemble. In 1992 with the help of pianist Jon Weber, Robinson’s professional music career began when he recorded a demo of 17 original tunes. Soon after his first album was released on Delmark Records…

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September 2021

Ian Gindes: Piano Recital

September 11, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Program: Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Four Piano Blues      "Muted and Sensuous” Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Seven Compositions      Prelude Op. 32 No. 10 in B Minor      Lilacs Op. 21 No. 5      Liebesleid (Kreisler Transcription)      Étude Op. 33 No. 5 in D Minor      Étude Op. 33 No. 7 in G Minor      Étude Op. 39 No. 1 in C Minor      Étude Op. 39 No. 8 in D minor Earl…

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Elizabeth’s Piano Showcase: Classical Piano Recital

September 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Livestream link to this concert will be sent with ticket purchase. Rupa Elizabeth Sprecher is from Chicago and attends Roosevelt University. She has played the piano for over 12 years and is in the Bachelors of Musical Arts (BMA) Program with Piano Performance as a primary emphasis and Creative Writing as a secondary emphasis. Elizabeth was previously taught by Yumy Kim and is currently studying with Winston Choi. She participated in master classes taught by Angela Cheng, Alvin Chow, Jean-Louis…

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The Interdisciplinary Ensemble, Kosmologia Presents “Dreaming/Undreaming”

September 18, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10 – $20

Dreaming/Undreaming was commissioned as a music video by The Princeton Festival in June 2021. In the Ear Taxi Festival version, pianist Natasha Stojanovska performs a live recital of music created by Carmen-Helena Téllez alongside works by J.S. Bach, while eliciting videos in real time by Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock, with dramaturgy by Chía Patiño, and movement by Alexa Capareda. In the performance of Saturday, September 18, Kosmologia will present the original array of videos as designed by the creators.…

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The Interdisciplinary Ensemble, Kosmologia Presents “Dreaming/Undreaming”

September 19, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10 – $20

Dreaming/Undreaming was commissioned as a music video by The Princeton Festival in June 2021. In the Ear Taxi Festival version, pianist Natasha Stojanovska performs a live recital of music created by Carmen-Helena Téllez alongside works by J.S. Bach, while eliciting videos in real time by Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock, with dramaturgy by Chía Patiño, and movement by Alexa Capareda. In the performance of Saturday, September 18, Kosmologia will present the original array of videos as designed by the creators.…

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Marie Alatalo: Bernstein Touches, Ligeti etudes, Torke Blue Pacific, Crumb Makrokosmos I

September 24, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

This event will be available both live and in person. If you purchase a ticket a link to the livestream will be sent ahead of the concert to the email used to purchase the ticket. Dr. Marie Alatalo has appeared in concerts throughout the United States and Japan, capturing attention with a repertoire embracing both classical and contemporary literature. She has been heard in Chicago at such popular venues as WFMT radio, Mayne Stage, Music Institute of Chicago, Chopin Theater,…

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October 2021

Ketevan Kartvelishvili: Piano Recital

October 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

"I’ve heard her perform in public many times, and each time the audience reacted as I’ve not heard since Horowitz took the stage. Had Ketevan Kartvelishvili lived in any era, she would have been hailed as a keyboard giant.” — PAUL HARVEY, JR. Ketevan Kartvelishvili was born to a family of physicists in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her extraordinary talent was recognized at the age of five. When she was twelve, she made her debut performance with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. Ketevan…

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A Musical Tribute To Lynn Harrell

October 14, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

A musical celebration of cello legend Lynn Harrell who passed away in 2020, by his former student John Henry Crawford, cello; and his long time recital partner, pianist and Steinway Artist Victor Santiago Asunción. Victor Santiago Asuncion Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA, as a recitalist and concerto soloist.…

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Rafael Vivanco presents The Guitar in Peru: 1786 to Present

October 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Rafael Vivanco Rafael Vivanco started playing the guitar at the age of 11 in Peru. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and his Master's at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Rafael was sponsored to perform and teach in the US for over 10 years by Sherry Brener, the Spanish guitar importer and Guitarra Magazine editor who collaborated with icons such as Andres Segovia and Christopher…

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Isabelle Olivier: Earth, Wind, and Art – Harp solo with new music

October 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier is a jazzwoman and harpist with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. She managed to develop a very distinctive style with her fascinating and rare instrument. Isabelle has composed, arranged and recorded ten records and a DVD. She is a composer dealing with serveral genres : jazz, Celtic and contemporary music. She also had the opportunity to share her musical expertise…

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Earth, Wind, and Art: Reading and music

October 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier and Rita Dragonette are excited to present their next collaboration at PianoForte on October 28th. This performance will be an encounter between music and writings revolving around Pandemic--long and Art. Isabelle Olivier is a jazzwoman and harpist with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. She managed to develop a very distinctive style with her fascinating and rare instrument. Isabelle has composed,…

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La Valse! The Music of Debussy, Poulenc, and Ravel – Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, duo pianists

October 30, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$50

Performing together in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, Bax & Chung has appeared in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as in Aruba, Barbados, Canada, China, Cyprus, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Korea, Palestine, Russia,and Switzerland. This concert is hosted by the North Shore Chamber Music Festival (https://nscmf.org/) and is a part of their onstage/offstage series. This event is sponsored by the Alfadyne Foundation. Program: Claude Debussy Petite Suite for piano four…

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November 2021

The Orion Ensemble with guest Stephen Boe, viola

November 10, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$30

Program: Franz Schubert TRIO in B Flat Major—Allegro, for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 9 No. 2 Florence Price FANTASY in G Minor for Violin and Piano (1933) Paul Hindemith QUARTET for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1938) Franz Schubert ADAGIO and RONDO CONCERTANT in F Major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, D. 487 Program Notes: Franz Schubert’s Trio in B-Flat Major—Allegro, for Violin, Viola and Cello, D. 471, is a single-movement, unfinished work. It offers a glimmering texture…

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Chopin in the City Festival Movie Screening and Jazz Concert: Chopin. Caribbean Key

November 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$10

CHOPIN. Caribbean Key is a story about the music on Curacao Island. Especially about Caribbean receptions of the greatest Polish composer, Fryderyk Chopin,  which is also known on the Caribbean Island of Curacao. It is a story about the Antilian history of Chopin's music and the fate of the people who created it. Here, in the 19th century, the "Caribbean Mazurka" was composed, inspired by Chopin's Mazurek. For many years this piece has been a "national dance" on the island…

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Sebastian Huydts: Piano Recital

November 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

This recital is free and open to the public, but we ask that you reserve your seats by visiting our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sebastian-huydts-piano-recital-tickets-170041758477 Program: Haydn/Huydts: Sonatas #21, #22 & #25 based on themes by Franz Joseph Haydn Sebastian Huydts: Sonata #6, “Viejos Amigos” (2020) Donald Neale: Sonata #1 (1995)

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Astor Piazzolla Centennial Celebration – Between Angels and Demons: A Musical Portrait

November 27, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$50

In the centennial celebration of Astor Piazzolla, the single most important figure in the history of tango, multi-Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint performs some of the most iconic tango pieces in a program that uses music, narration and visuals to showcase the music and movement that define this historical dance. This concert is hosted by the North Shore Chamber Music Festival (https://nscmf.org/) and is a part of their onstage/offstage series. This event is sponsored by the Alfadyne Foundation. Program: Astor Piazzolla.…

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December 2021

A Master’s Workshop – Ilya Kaler, violin

December 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

  This violin masterclass will be broadcast live on both www.nscmf.org and The Violin Channel Ilya Kaler is one of the most sought-after teachers in the world and currently serves as a violin professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Kaler's Summer teaching and performing engagements include the Chautauqua Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Keshet Eilon Music Center in Israel, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Kaler is also frequently a judge for the world’s most prestigious…

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January 2022

POSTPONED – Ran Kampel and Daniel Baer – Clarinet and Piano Recital

January 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Dear Friends, Thank you so much for purchasing tickets for my program with clarinetist Ran Kampel for this Sunday. Unfortunately, due to the worsening infection rates of the pandemic, we have made the decision to postpone our recital and present it Sunday, March 6th at 3 PM. With PianoForte, we will be sending you a refund for your concert ticket. I hope you will consider supporting this recital in March when we are not in the middle of a worsening wave…

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Isabelle Olivier: Harp Solo “Carte blanche”

January 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier just released a solo album 'Smile' enja, she will perform a Carte Blanche to make you smile. Isabelle Olivier is a jazzwoman and harpist with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. She has composed, arranged, and recorded eleven albums and a DVD and managed to develop a very distinctive style with her research based on combining acoustic and electronic sounds. Her…

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Anastasia Antropova, Boris Krivoshein, Alexey Poltavchenko – Romantic: cello, piano, and voice

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$45

We invite you to share a romantic music mood with us! Anastasia, Alexey, and Boris will perform the most beautiful melodies and create an atmosphere of the 19th-early 20th century music salon. You will hear Bizet, Saint-Saence, Chopin, Kreisler, 20th-century French melodies, and more. This is the perfect evening program for Romantic music lovers 🙂

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March 2022

Ran Kampel and Daniel Baer – Clarinet and Piano Recital

March 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Join Clarinetist Ran Kampel and Pianist Daniel Baer as they present a program of music by Jewish composers. Program: Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Joseph Horovitz: Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano in B-flat Major Eva Wasserman Marglois: The Generation of Hope Paul Ben-Haim: Three Songs without Words Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat Major MWV Q 15 Sponsorship tickets are available for 50 dollars each. Sponsors are invited to an open dress-rehearsal before the performance…

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Lieder for Solo Piano and Romantic Favourites: An Evening with Haley Myles

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

As a Young Steinway Artist, Haley prides herself on maintaining an international performance schedule. Her appearances to-date include recitals in the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. She has participated extensively in various high-profile international music festivals, both domestic and foreign. She is also a laureate of seven international competitions and has appeared on radio shows throughout Europe and America. Haley holds certifications from distinguished institutions including the Mozarteum (Austria), Imola Piano Academy (Italy),…

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EunAe Lee: Piano Recital

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Program: Beethoven 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80 Beethoven Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 Liszt Petrarch Sonnetto 104 del Petrarca, S. 161, No. 5 Liszt Concert etude - Un Sospiro No. 3 in D-flat Major Debussy Estampes I. Pagodes II. La Soiree dans Grenade III. Jardins sous la pluie Debussy I'isle joyeuse Described by renowned pianist Richard Goode as “a performer of great communicative…

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Rami Bar-Niv: Piano Recital

March 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Program: Bach-Busoni Adagio from Organ Toccata in C major BWV 564 Rami Bar-Niv Toccata Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor op. post. Waltz in A-flat major op. 69-1 Polonaise in A-flat major op. 53 Rami Bar-Niv Etude-Vocalise on Prelude no. 1 by Bach Blue-Rag Gershwin-Bar-Niv Rialto Ripples Swanee Medley Rhapsody in Blue RAMI BAR-NIV is one of Israel's most acclaimed and sought after pianists. He travels extensively and has become an international citizen, concertizing all over the world. Born in Tel-Aviv,…

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April 2022

Lakeshore Rush: Moving Parts Recording Release Concert

April 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Free

Lakeshore Rush comprises a collection of extraordinary musicians from Chicago who are delighting audiences of all ages with riveting contemporary and classical standards and forgotten masterpieces, characterized by programmatic innovation, synergistic collaborative partnerships, and intimate performances. Co-founded by clarinetist Laura McLaughlin and flutist Erin Murphy in 2014, Lakeshore Rush has since premiered new works by Beth Bradfish, Griffin Candey, Yong Mee Choi, Amos Gillespie, Jonathan Hannau, Joshua Hintze, Pierre Jalbert, Laura Schwendinger, and Roger Zare. Lakeshore Rush takes its name…

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Isabelle Olivier: Harp Solo “Carte blanche”

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
$20

Isabelle Olivier just released a solo album 'Smile' enja, she will perform a Carte Blanche to make you smile. Isabelle Olivier is a jazzwoman and harpist with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. She has composed, arranged, and recorded eleven albums and a DVD and managed to develop a very distinctive style with her research based on combining acoustic and electronic sounds. Her…

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May 2022

Isabelle Olivier: Harp Solo “Carte blanche”

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Isabelle Olivier just released a solo album 'Smile' enja, she will perform a Carte Blanche to make you smile. Isabelle Olivier is a jazzwoman and harpist with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. She has composed, arranged, and recorded eleven albums and a DVD and managed to develop a very distinctive style with her research based on combining acoustic and electronic sounds. Her…

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Solos, Duo, Distortion: Jacob Greenberg, piano, and Josh Modney, violin / Works by Elliott Carter, George Lewis, and Josh Modney

May 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Pianist Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has received worldwide acclaim. He is a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, with whom he has performed throughout the Americas and Europe. Mr. Greenberg’s solo concert series, Music at Close Range, shows his equal commitment to classics of the repertoire. In addition to his solo discs on New Focus Recordings, which feature works from the Baroque to many new commissions, he has recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode,…

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Helene Papadopoulos: the Goldberg Variations

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Hélène Papadopoulos is a pianist with a complex and highly sensitive personality. She is a searching artist who seeks deep insight into the music and into the art of piano playing. For her there is no detail that is too small to be part of the global conception of a work. Never sacrificing details, never abandoning the big line to reveal musical subtleties in a natural manner. Hélène Papadopoulos was born in Paris, France. She started studying the piano at…

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June 2022

Jean-Michel Pilc: Solo Piano

June 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Self-taught pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc will perform a concert of his original work. Born in 1960 in Paris, now an American citizen, self-taught pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants: Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff, Richard Bona etc. He has also worked with Harry Belafonte, as his…

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Natasha Stojanovska – Piano Recital

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Natasha Stojanovska, Macedonian Pianist and Composer, has just completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at The Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Chicago IL in the studio of James Giles. She received her Artist Diploma and Master of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University South Bend with Alexander Toradze and Ketevan Badridze; Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Lynn University, Conservatory of Music with Roberta Rust. Ms. Stojanovska has performed solo and chamber music recitals in France, Portugal, Macedonia,…

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Violin & Piano Classical Concert

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Violinist Hsuan Chen and pianists Vincent Catalano and Katrina Sudman join together from three different continents for an exciting and varied program of violin and piano music. The program includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Czerny, as well as Romantic and 20th century composers. Chen, Catalano, and Sudman collaborate throughout the evening as violinist & pianist, piano four-hand duo, and soloists. Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Sonata No.11 in G Major K.379 I. Adagio-Allegro II. Tema con variazioni Ludwig van Beethoven…

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Kayoung An: Piano Recital

June 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Program: George Frederic Handel  Keyboard Suite No.1 in B-flat major, HWV 434  Claude Debussy  Images, Book II, L111      "Cloches à travers les feuilles" (Bells through the leaves      "Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut" (And the moon descends on the temple that was)      "Poissons d'or" (Goldfish)  William Bolcom  Ghost Rags      Graceful Ghost      The Poltergeist Johannes Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24 Pianist Kayoung An will…

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Christian Wachter: Piano Recital

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Pianist Christian Wachter will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert. Christian Wachter, born in Palo Alto, California, began piano studies at the age of eight in the town of Bludenz, Austria at the local music school. As a young child he played in concerts and in competitions, a radio program and with orchestra. At the age of 15, Christian studied in the preparatory cycle at the University of Vienna with Prof. Jan Jiracek. He completed his academic «diplôme supérieur…

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July 2022

Yulia Lipmanovich: All Chopin Favorites

July 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Dr. Yulia Lipmanovich ​is a Georgian-born concert pianist and distinguished piano teacher.​ She has performed worldwide and mentored hundreds of students. As the Executive Director and Founder of The Art of Piano Playing & Performing Arts Inc., located at the Fine Arts Building of downtown Chicago, she maintains a teaching studio open to all who wish to learn and grow as pianists. She continues to give masterclasses and concerts internationally. Program: F. Chopin Fantasia in F Minor Op. 49 Scherzo…

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Carte blanche Darcy Day Zoells / Isabelle Olivier

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Visual Art with harp music On July 21, Darcy Day-Zoells, visual artist will present drawings and videos to interact with Isabelle Olivier’s music. They first collaborated in 2021, and it was a wonderful surprise to be continued soon. Isabelle Olivier is a composer, harpist, artistic director with a strong musical personality and a unique talent. She brings a special wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. She recorded eleven CDs and…

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Daon Duo Recital

July 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Program: J.S. Bach Cantata, BWV 208: No. 9 ‘Schafe können sicher weiden’, BWV 208 (Arr. Duck) Schubert Lebensstürme, Allegro in A Minor, D 947 Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 J.S. Bach ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’, BWV 106 (Arr. Kurtág) Mendelssohn Andante & Allegro Brilliante Opus. 92 Beethoven Egmont Overture (Arr. Behn) Piazzolla Libertango Pianist Heejin An gave her first recital at the age of 10 after winning the Kumho Young Artist Auditions in Seoul. She has subsequently been a finalist…

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The Women Pioneers of Cinema: Alice Guy-Blache, Mabel Normand and Mary Elle

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Isabelle Olivier and Tom Olivier composed a cine concert based on black and white women master pieces. Isabelle Olivier is a jazzwoman and harpist with a strong musical personality. She brings a wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. She managed to develop a very distinctive style with her fascinating and rare instrument. She is a composer dealing with serveral genres: Jazz, Celtic and Contemporary music. She also had the opportunity…

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August 2022

Carte blanche Julie Koidin / Isabelle Olivier

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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A flute and harp duet combining classical, originals, Brazilian and Jazz music Isabelle Olivier and Julie Koidin first met in 2012 at the Alliance Français in Chicago at Julie's Nadia Boulanger concert. They quickly formed a friendship and in 2017, Isabelle invited Julie to participate on her original commission from the Art Institute of Chicago - « Gauguin, Artist as Alchemist ». The pairing of flute and harp is legendary since Ancient Greece. Julie Koidin and Isabelle Olivier have a…

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Carte blanche Isabelle Olivier / Tom Olivier solo and duet “Impressions”

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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A piano/accordion solo then a avant premiere "Impressions" based on Impressionists painters Isabelle Olivier is a composer, harpist, artistic director with a strong musical personality and a unique talent. She brings a special wave of freshness and novelty to the international artistic world with her surprising and unique instrument. She recorded eleven CDs and one DVD with her compositions and performed in 25 countries to present her projects. She composed four music scores for Agnes Varda - the Oscar Winner in…

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