Ralph Neiweem

Piano and Chamber Music Faculty; Aebersold and Neiweem Piano Duo in Residence
Academy Piano
Keyboard Skills and Literature Faculty
Program Area: 
Chamber Music
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Ralph Neiweem's schooling began with studies with Emilio del Rosario and Olegna Fuschi.  He also studied with Irwin Freundlich and Orazio Frugoni.  Ralph attended and received his high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts and then he went on to get his Bachelor's Degree of Music from The Juilliard School of Music.  He received his master's and doctoral studies degree at Northwestern University. 
Mr. Neiweem also has a Performer’s Certificate from Villa Schifanoia, in Florence, Italy and his Five Diplomas of Merit from the International Master Classes in Arezzo, Italy.  He also participated in master classes with John Browning and chamber music studies with Felix Galimir and Leon Fleisher.

Awards and achievements: 

Ralph Neiweem with his wife, Claire Aebersold Neiweem, founded the NEA award-winning duo-piano team of Aebersold and Neiweem.  The duo-piano team was the subject of major articles for Clavier Magazine, which won an  “Edpress” award for the 1987 article on the Piano Duo.  Aebersold and Neiweem conduct annual tours throughout the U.S. and Europe, including six concert tours of Italy, performances for Chicago radio station WFMT; duo-piano performances for PBS TV, a 30 minute special on Aebersold and Neiweem; and live performances for Radio Italiana Television.
Aebersold and Neiweem made the first recording of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 for piano 4-hands on the Summit label. 
Ralph is a recipient of the 2013 Music Institute's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Ralph is a long-standing piano faculty member at the Music Institute, and with his wife, Claire, he co-founded the Chicago Duo-Piano Festival, the Chicago Duo Piano Festival's Winter Mini-Fest and the International Duo Piano Competition, held annually at the Music Institute of Chicago.