Music Institute of Chicago to Present DUO PIANO WINTER MINI-FEST, 3/6-9
The Music Institute of Chicago's popular Chicago Duo Piano Festival presents its annual Duo Piano Winter Mini-fest March 6-9 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. The festival features two concerts:
- Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl Piano Duo, performing Schubert's Fantasy in F Minor, Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor (arranged by Carl Czerny), the Bach-Busoni Chorale Prelude Wie Wohl ist Mir and Ravel's La Valse (poeme choréographique).
The Stenzl brothers are among the world's preeminent piano duos, playing together for more than 20 years. Critics marvel at the "magical amalgam of the two brothers' hearts into one musical soul" and their "unique blend of innate musical instinct and knife-sharp intelligence." They have appeared in major concert halls throughout the world, including Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Philharmonie in Berlin, Salle Gaveau in Paris, and many more. The duo won the second international Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. In 1996 Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl were appointed Associates of the Royal Academy of Music London. They are professors at the Universities of Music in Stuttgart and Rostock, where many of their student teams themselves are international prize winners, and give master classes in many countries. In addition they serve on the juries of renowned national and international music competitions.
- Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Music Institute piano faculty members perform a mixed concert of music for piano duo. Performers include Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, Xiaomin Liang and Jue He, Elaine Felder and Milana Pavchiskaya, Irene Faliks and Maya Brodotskaya, Fiona Queen, Sung Hoon Mo and more.
The Stenzl brothers, who have taught many of the world's finest young piano duos, offer a master class Saturday, March 7 at noon. And students participating in the mini-festival give a recital Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m., both at Nichols Concert Hall.
Pianists are welcome to register for the March 6-9 mini-festival, featuring concerts, master classes, lectures, coachings, and student recitals. All events take place at the Music Institute's Evanston East Campus, 1490 Chicago Avenue. Tuition is $95 per student, which includes admission to all concerts and events, participation in student recitals, coachings, and a festival dinner. Registration deadline is February 18, 2014.
Chicago Duo Piano Festival: 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 students age 12 through adult coaching, master classes, concerts with special guest artists, and student recitals.