Chicago Duo Piano Festival 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Concert

October 27, 2017 - 7:30pm
Nichols Concert Hall | 1490 Chicago Avenue | Evanston, IL
Box Office: 847.905.1500, ext. 108

$30 adults | $20 seniors | $10 students





Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion..........Bela Bartok

featuring pianists Fiona Queen and Kay Kim and percussionists Josh Graham and John Corkill

Air from a Balcony..........Patrick Byers

a 2008 Chicago Duo Piano Festival commission featuring Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem


A Midsummer Night’s Dream..........Felix Mendelssohn

   Nocturne and Scherzo

featuring 2017 National Youth Competition first place senior division winners Lauren Kim and Colin Song


Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor..........Johannes Brahms

featuring 2017 National Youth Competition second place senior divisoin winners Jisu and Won Yang


About the Performers


Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem 
Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, artists in residence and faculty members at the Music Institute, enjoy an international career as proponents of music for both piano duet and two keyboards. The Washington Post has described them as “consummate practitioners of pianism, in complete sympathy with and understanding of each other and Schubert,” and Gramophone Magazine called their Schubert recordings “utterly charming.” The duo has appeared with orchestras internationally, including the Chicago Philharmonic and the Vienna Tonkünstler. They have performed in recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe. Recent concerts include a 25th anniversary celebration concert at Merkin Hall in New York, an appearance at the Gina Bachauer Festival in Salt Lake City, and two recitals in Odessa, Ukraine. Aebersold and Neiweem have commissioned significant new works for the piano duo, including pieces by Joseph Turrin and Patrick Byers. The duo’s CDs on the Summit label include Four Hand Reflections and music of Brahms and Schubert. In 2011, they presented two concerts broadcast live on WFMT to celebrate the Liszt bicentennial and organized the “Liszt 200” International Duo Piano Competition at Nichols Concert Hall.

John Corkill
Percussionist John Corkill serves on the faculty at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and the Merit School of Music. As a chamber musician, he has played with Third Coast Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble. He has held residencies at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn Festivals. He has also garnered awards at the Yale Chamber Music Competition and the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition. In the realm of orchestral percussion, Corkill has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and NOVUS Orchestra. He has also worked with many of today’s leading orchestral conductors and composers, including Marin Alsop, Peter Oundjian, Reinbert de Leeuw, Matthias Pintscher, Aaron Jay Kernis, Augusta Reed Thomas, David Lang, Oliver Knussen, and Krzysztof Penderecki. Corkill received his bachelor of music degree cum laude from Northwestern University and master of music degree from the Yale University School of Music. His teachers include Robert van Sice, Michael Burritt, and James Ross.


Josh Graham
Josh Graham is a percussionist based in the Chicago area. He currently performs with F-PLUS and Apres L’Histoire, is program director and percussionist for the Zafa Collective, and has toured with Ensemble Dal Niente. Graham has appeared in performance throughout the U.S. and Canada, performing at the International Computer Music Festival, Society of Composers International Conference, International Clarinet Association “ClarinetFest,” and multiple Michigan Days of Percussion. He was a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and for two summers was the percussion fellow with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2014, he performed as soloist with the group on Steve Mackey’s “Micro-Concerto.” Graham seeks to broaden his art form and has premiered works by Dave Hollinden, Lera Auerbach, Timo Andres, Thomas Kotcheff, and Aaron Holloway-Nahum, among many others. He currently serves on the faculty at Triton College and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp during the summer and holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University.

Kay Kim
Pianist Kay Kim has been a pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s conductor’s rehearsals for Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Andrey Boreyko, Stephane Deneve, Manfred Hoeneck, Leonidas Kavacos, Hannah Chang, Ian Bostrich, Mathieu Dufour, and Branford Marsalis. She performed with the Stradivari Society artists and collaborated with Chicago Chamber Musicians. As a member of Trio Chicago and Friends for seven years, she toured to Jordan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Djibouti, Paraguay, Australia, China, Indonesia, Turkey, Papua New Guinea and Botswana.  Kim has performed in CSO concerts with sopranos Sasha Cook and Jennifer Zeltan and members of CSO, given a recital with violinist Fumiaki Miura at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall Series, performed in Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra’s subscription concerts, performed with Grammy winner Howard Levy, performed in Lyric Opera’s chamber music series and assisted members of Dallas Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, and Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in recitals. Kim currently serves as a full-time staff pianist and instructor of collaborative piano at Northeastern Illinois University and taught previously at Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, Northwestern University, and the Juilliard School. A native of South Korea, Kim attended Seoul National University for her undergraduate study and University of Michigan for her graduate degrees. She holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from Northwestern University.


Fiona Queen
Canadian pianist Fiona Queen holds a master’s degree in piano performance from Northwestern University and a bachelor of music in piano performance from Boston University, where she was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship. A seven-time National Finalist of the Canadian Music Competitions, she counts among her teachers Jeanneane Dowis, Anthony di Bonaventura, Tong-Il Han, and Ursula Oppens. She has given recitals in Canada, the U.S., and London, England, and has performed as soloist with numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Alea III, Crosscurrents, KLANG, and The Chicago Chamber Orchestra. An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, she has performed with the Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Symphony II, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. Queen has participated in master classes with John Browning, Maria Curcio Diamand, and Fou T’song and has been featured on radio and television broadcasts throughout the U.S. and Canada. As the co-founder of KLANG New Music Ensemble, she has worked with noted composers Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, George Crumb, Leslie Bassett, John Corigliano, Lucas Foss, and Bright Sheng.


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