CDPF Summer Festival

Festival Dates: July 8 - 22, 2018


Festival Directors:  Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem


Now in its 30th season, the popular Chicago Duo Piano Festival attracts duo piano enthusiasts from around the world for its annual celebration and study of music for two pianos and piano four hands. Open to pianists age eight to adult, the festival includes:

Coachings | Master Classes | Lectures | Student Recitals | Group Events | Concerts & Receptions


 Students who register early will have better consideration for repertoire requests.

Registration Deadline:  June 4, 2018

  • There are four student divisions:
    Youth, High School, College and Adult
  • Students do not need to register with a partner.
  • Music will be assigned shortly after the deadline and must be prepared by the beginning of the festival. (No memory requirement)
  • Chicago Duo Piano Festival does not require a formal audition; however, teacher name and contact information is required for students through high school. 
  • Prospective students may be requested to attend an informal interview or submit a representative recording of their live performance.
  • All festival events are held at Nichols Concert Hall/Evanston East Campus:  1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL  60201  (unless otherwise noted)

Out of Town Participants

  • Housing can be arranged for out-of-town participants at downtown Evanston hotels and inns.  Information will be provided upon request.

Daily Schedule >>
Tuition includes events, parties, concerts, lectures, coachings, and master classes


2018 Festival Fees -
Participant: $520 per student
Auditor:  $260 includes attendance at master classes, group lessons, concerts.  (No lessons or participation in student recitals)
Questions:  Contact Ralph Neiweem or call 847.905.1500, ext. 127 for more information. 

About the Festival

Founded in 1988 by the Music Institute of Chicago’s resident piano duo Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, the mission of the Festival is to foster a deeper interest in the repertoire, performance and teaching of music for piano, four hands and two pianos in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  

Student participants will have daily coachings on selected repertoire for both two pianos and piano, four hands. Coachings will be in private and group settings. All student participants will have the opportunity to perform in the final recitals, and certain students may be selected to perform in the guest master class.  Students will be placed in appropriate age divisions. Morning practice sessions may be arranged for out of town students and students in need of a two piano practice room.