Ralph Neiweem

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

Ralph received his Master's and Doctoal Studies Degrees from Northwestern University, as well as his Bachelor's Degree from The Julliard School of Music, and his Performer's Certificate from Villa Schifanoia located in Florence, Italy. Additionally, he received his Five Diplomas of Merit from the International Master Classes in Arezzo, Italy.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

The individuals that had an impact on Ralph's life began influencing him at a young age. These individuals were: Emilio del Rosario, Olegna Fuschi, Irwin Freundlich, and Orazio Frugoni. Later in his life, Mr. Neiweem began taking master classes and was influenced by John Browning, in addition to Felix Galimir and Leon Fleisher in chamber music studies.

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.