Chicago Duo Piano Festival

2021 Chicago Duo Piano Festival | July 9-18, 2021

The Music Institute of Chicago's Chicago Duo Piano Festival returns for it's 33rd season!


Friday, July 16 at 7:30 pm

Faculty Extravaganza

Nichols Concert Hall | 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

In-person attendance now closed. Please join us here for the live stream.

Don't miss Music Institute piano faculty and special guests performing a mixed program of music for piano duo by Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky, and Allen Shawn.


Piano duos include: Elaine Felder and Milana Pavchinskaya; Inah Chiu and Sung Hoon Mo; Katherine Petersen and Soo Young Lee; Louise Chan and Susan Tang; and Xiaomin Liang and Jue He.

View July 16 Faculty Extravaganza Program >>



Friday, July 9 at 7:30 pm

Aebersold and Neiweem Gala Opening Concert
Nichols Concert Hall | 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston



Festival founders Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem celebrate 40 years as a piano duo this season. A lively program includes the world premiere of Cries and Whispers by Robert Chumbley, co-commissioned by the Chicago Duo Piano Festival and the Dranoff Foundation; Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9, arranged by Franz Liszt; and works by Brahms and Ravel.


Indoor Voices

Thursday, July 8 at 7:30 pm


Fiona Queen, Director of Performance Activities at Nichols Concert Hall sits down to speak with Chicago Duo Piano Festival founders Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem and composer Robert Chumbley in advance of Cries and Whispers world premiere on Friday, July 9.

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.