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Wallace Foundation Piano Master Class with James Giles


Free and open to the public 


James Giles, piano


Wallace Foundation Piano Master Class with 
James Giles

Professor of piano, Northwestern Bienen School of Music

The Music Institute of Chicago is pleased to present James Giles in a special

master class featuring Suzuki piano students from the Barston Suzuki Center.


Sunday, September 11, 2022
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Nichols Concert Hall*
1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois
Free admission, open to the public


Participants were selected at prior auditions.


Funding for this master class has been provided through a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation.


James Giles is the Coordinator for the Piano Program and the Director of Music Performance Graduate Studies at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. He regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe, and Asia. In 2019 Giles toured in Denmark and performed recitals in Toronto, Paris, Naples, Budapest, and Manchester, England. US dates included recitals in Atlanta, Dallas, Tampa, Des Moines, Bloomington (Indiana), and Chicago. As a chamber musician he appears at the Tucson Chamber Music Festival and the Dempster Street Pro Musica in Chicago.
Giles has performed with New York’s Jupiter Symphony (Alkan and Czerny); the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra in Queen Elizabeth Hall (Mozart and Beethoven); the Kharkiv Philharmonic in Ukraine (Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff); and with the Opera Orchestra of New York in Alice Tully Hall (Chopin).
In an eclectic repertoire encompassing the solo and chamber music literatures, Giles is equally at home in the standard repertoire as in the music of our time. He has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, C. Curtis-Smith, Stephen Hough, Lowell Liebermann, Ned Rorem, Augusta Read Thomas, Earl Wild, and James Wintle. Most of these new works are featured on Giles's Albany Records release entitled American Virtuoso. His recording of solo works by Schumann and Prokofiev is available on England's Master Musicians label. He recorded John Harbison's Horn Trio with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and recently released a recording with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic.

* Nichols Concert Hall is currently operating at full capacity, subject to future changes mandated by the State of Illinois, CDC, or other applicable local authorities. To ensure the safety of all persons on site, the Music Institute of Chicago requires all visitors ages 2 and up to wear a mask over their nose and mouth for the duration of their stay. Masks will be provided to those who do not have them. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 the day of an event, including fever, shortness of breath or coughing, do not attend the event. Please note: All artists and staff on site must be fully vaccinated. Vaccinated performers and presenters are not required to wear masks while on stage.