Chicago Duo Piano Festival

July 8 - 17, 2022

Celebrating its 34th anniversary season!


Artistic Directors:  Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

Program Director: Katherine K. Lee

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.

 Chicago Duo Piano Festival 2022 Concert Schedule

Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston 
All concerts are free and open to the public.

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Gala Opening Concert – Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem
Friday, July 8 at 7:30 pm

Festival Co-Founders and Music Institute Piano Duo in Residence Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem present a Duo Piano Dialogue,  “Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and the story of Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1,” a concert with commentary. 



Clara Schumann: March in E Flat Major For Piano, Four Hands


Robert Schumann: Two Character Pieces, Op. 85 For Piano, Four Hands  

     By the Spring

     Evening Song


Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1  in D minor, Op. 15

Arrangement by the composer



    Rondo: Allegro non troppo


Faculty Extravaganza I
Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 pm


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448: Andante; Molto Allegro
    Elaine Felder and Soo Young Lee

Franz Schubert: Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940 
    Yumy Kim and Sung Hoon Mo

Ron Surace: Excerpts from "Pinocchio" Suite for Two Pianos
    Ann and Ron Surace 

Emma Lou Diemer: Hommage to Cowell, Cage, Crumb, and Czerny 
    Louise Chan and Katherine Petersen

Faculty Extravaganza II
Friday, July 15 at 7:30 pm  


Franz Schubert: Rondo in A Major, D.951
    Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

Nikolai Medtner: Russian Round Dance and Knight Errant for Two Pianos
    Mio Isoda and Matthew Hagle

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dance No. 1 for Two Pianos 
    Elaine Felder and Milana Pavchinskaya

Igor Stravinsky: Danse Infernale from  "Firebird" Suite |  Prokofiev: "Classical" Symphony   (arr. Terashima) 
   Xiaomin Liang and Jue He


Master class with Unison Piano Duo

Saturday, July 16 at 10 am

The Unison Piano Duo—Du Huang and Xiao Hu from Luther College in Iowa—conduct a master class.


Student recital

Sunday, July 17 at 2 pm