CDPF Winter Mini-Fest

March 2 - 4, 2018

The 30th anniversary season of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Chicago Duo Piano Festival continues with the Chicago Duo Piano Winter Mini-Fest, featuring master classes, coachings, lectures, student recitals, and performances.  Join us for “four-hand fun in a
three-day run” of duo-piano activities and performances.

Winter Mini-Fest Includes
   • concerts
   • lectures
   • coachings
   • student recitals 
   • group dinner and reception   

Evanston East Campus |  1490 Chicago Avenue
Winnetka Campus  |  300 Green Bay Road
Tuition:  $97 (register online or download application below)
Registration Deadline:  Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mini-Fest Concerts
Mini-fest concerts, open to the general public, are a special part of the festival weekend.
Friday, March 2 at 7:30 pm
Duo Piano Dialogues presents: 
"Exploring Debussy"
Duo Piano Dialogues, a series of performances with commentary by Music Institute of Chicago piano duo in residence Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, spotlights the unique repertoire for two pianists at one and two keyboards. Marking the centenary of Debussy’s death, Aebersold and Neiweem present a program dedicated to the composer’s music for piano duo, including his own arrangement of La Mer and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.
Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm
Faculty Extravaganza
A “faculty extravaganza” concert showcasing the talented Music Institute faculty includes Xiaomin Liangand Jue He, Sung Hoon Mo and Inah Chiu, Mio Isoda and Matthew Hagle, Elaine Felder and Soo Young Lee, and Irene Faliks and Maya Brodotskaya performing music by Mozart, Schoenfield, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin.

Chicago Duo Piano Festival
Called a “duo piano mecca” by Pioneer Press, the Chicago Duo Piano Festival was founded in 1988 by Music Institute of Chicago faculty members Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem. Its mission 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. The Festival offers students age 12 through adult coaching, master classes, concerts with special guest artists, and student recitals.
Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, both faculty and ensemble in residence at the Music Institute of Chicago, enjoy an international career as proponents of music for both piano duet and two keyboards. Described as "consummate practitioners of pianism" by the Washington Post, the duo has worked together for more than 25 years and concertized across North America and Europe with appearances in New York, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Santa Fe, Vienna, Rome, Florence, and more. They tour annually and have performed piano concertos with orchestras including the Chicago Philharmonic and the Vienna Tonkunstler. The duo can be heard often on WMFT radio, with more than 30 live broadcast recitals, and has also been featured on PBS and RAI-TV Italy. They have judged international piano duo competitions including "Twentyfingers" in Rome, Italy. In 2011, they organized the “Liszt 200” International Duo Piano Competition at Nichols Concert Hall, and they continue to organize national and international duo piano competitions for youth and adults. Aebersold and Neiweem have commissioned significant new works for the piano duo, including pieces by Joseph Turrin and Patrick Byers. The duo’s CDs on the Summit label include Four Hand Reflections and music of Brahms and Schubert. Aebersold and Neiweem are the founders of the award-winning Chicago Duo Piano Festival, which celebrates 30 years during the 2017-2018 season.