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Claire Aebersold Neiweem, Music Institute Piano Faculty Member
Photography by Educo
Piano Faculty, Aebersold & Neiweem Piano Duo in Residence
At MIC for 42 years 9 months

Private Instruction
Duo Piano 
Keyboard Skills and Literature Faculty
Academy Chamber Music Coaches

Available For

Master's in Music from Northwestern University
Bachelor's degree, The New England Conservatory
Received her Performer’s Certificate from Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy
Earned five Diplomas of Merit, International Master Classes at Arezzo, Italy

Claire also attended Peabody Institute of Music.  She was a student of Ylda Novik, Theodore Lettvin, Orazio Frugoni and participated in master classes with Irwin Freundlich, Leon Fleisher, John Browning. 

Additional Studies / Recent Awards / Recordings

Awards and achievements: 
Claire is a winner at the National Arts and Letters competition and the Three Rivers Competition. 

A member of the award-winning duo-piano team of Aebersold and Neiweem with husband Ralph Neiweem. 

As part of the Aebersold and Neiweem duo-piano team, she toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, including six concert tours of Italy; performances for WFMT radio; performances for PBS TV (30 minute special on Aebersold and Neiweem).  The Aebersold-Neiweem team performed live for Radio Italiana Television and made first recording of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 for piano 4-hands on the Summit label.

Professional Affiliations & Activities

Claire is a long-standing piano faculty member at the Music Institute, and with her husband Ralph, she
co-founded the Chicago Duo-Piano Festival, the Chicago Duo Piano Festival's Winter Mini-Fest and the International Duo Piano Competition, held annually at the Music Institute of Chicago.