Chicago Duo Piano Festival

July 8 - 17, 2022

Celebrating its 34th anniversary season!


Classes are at capacity - 2022 Registration is Closed

Artistic Directors:  Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

Program Director: Katherine K. Lee

Ages 8 - adult (early intermediate to advanced)
Registration Deadline: June 5

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.


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Chicago Duo Piano Festival 2022 Concert Schedule

Free Admission 

All concerts are in Nichols Concert Hall


Friday, July 8 at 7:30 pm (free admission and live-streamed)
Gala Opening Concert – Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem
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. The program includes short works by Clara and Robert Schumann and a complete performance of Brahms’ own arrangement for piano, four hands, of his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor.
Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 pm (free admission and live-streamed)
Faculty Extravaganza I

Franz Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940, performed by Yumy Kim and Sung Hoon Mo

Ron Surace’s Excerpts from "Pinocchio" Suite for Two Pianos, performed by Ann and Ron Surace 

Emma Lou Diemer’s "Homage to Cowell, Cage, Crumb, and Czerny," performed by Louise Chan and Katherine Petersen

Philip Glass’s Four Movements for Two Pianos: Nos. 3 and 4, performed by Weiwen Ma and Alexander Djordjevic 

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

Friday, July 15 at 7:30 pm (free admission and live-streamed)
Faculty Extravaganza II

Nikolai Medtner’s Russian Round Dance and Knight Errant for Two Pianos, performed by Mio Isoda and Matthew Hagle

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dance No. 1 for Two Pianos, performed by Elaine Felder and Milana Pavchinskaya

Igor Stravinsky’s Danse Infernale from  "Firebird" Suite and Prokofiev’s "Classical" Symphony (arr.  Terashima), performed by Xiaomin Liang and Jue He

Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Piano, Four Hands, performed by Camille Witos and Daniel Baer


Saturday, July 16 at 10 am
Master class with Unison Piano Duo
The Unison Piano Duo—Du Huang and Xiao Hu from Luther College in Iowa—conduct a master class.


Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Final Student Concert