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Full roster of women artists for Skyline Piano Series

Bienen School of Music 2023-24 season also includes Winter Chamber Music Festival and Segovia Classical Guitar Series
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Beatrice Rana attracted international attention in 2011, when she won first prize and all special prizes at the Montreal International Competition at age 18. She makes her Bienen School debut in the Skyline Piano Artist Series on Feb. 22, 2024. Photo by Simon Fowler

Six Northwestern debuts are in store for the 2023-24 season as the Bienen School of Music resumes its four guest artist subscription series showcasing a diverse lineup of talent from around the world.

Entering its seventh season, the Skyline Piano Artist Series highlights dynamic artistry against the backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Beginning Nov. 3, it highlights pianistic virtuosity across five performances and champions a full roster of women artists, including winner of the 2023 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, Maria João Pires. 

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Gabriela Montero will perform in the Skyline Piano Artist Series. Photo by Anders Brogaard

Four accomplished pianists make their Northwestern debuts this season: Yulianna Avdeeva, Anna Geniushene, Beatrice Rana and Maria João Pires. Gabriela Montero returns for her first Skyline Piano Artist Series performance since a 2012 appearance at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

The 27th Winter Chamber Music Festival Jan. 5-21, 2024, takes audiences on a journey through past and present chamber music masterpieces and features the debuts of the Balourdet and Calder Quartets. Also featured are the Ariel Quartet with pianist Orion Weiss, the Dover Quartet — the Quartet-in-Residence — the Parker Quartet and the Gryphon Trio.

The Segovia Classical Guitar Series beginning Oct. 21 features an array of global sounds from top musicians, including Raphaella Smits, Nigel North, David Russell, Álvaro Pierri and An Tran. This five-concert series, named for legendary guitar virtuoso Andrés Segovia, is entering its 30th season.

Through his concerts with commentary, Jeffrey Siegel uncovers the inspiration behind piano masterpieces in a four-part Keyboard Conversations series beginning Sept. 29.

For more information and to explore the entire subscription series, visit the Bienen School of Music website, call 847-467-4000 or stop by Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 50 Arts Circle Drive on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

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