Chicago Duo Piano Festival

Artistic Directors

Claire Aebersold & Ralph Neiweem

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 summer and winter events which include coachings, master classes, concerts with special guest artists, and student recitals for students youth through adult. 


In addition, the festival organizes periodic duo piano competitions which draw young professionals from around the world.