Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

Steans Players

"The young musicians who played my Second String Quartet so beautifully were extraordinary both in technical accomplishment and sensitive, musical intelligence."

    —Bernard Rands, composer

Steans On Tour

Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute is a chamber ensemble whose members are selected each year from the most promising musicians to attend the Institute’s summer session at Ravinia. They perform on tour with program director Miriam Fried. The repertoire for each tour varies but always includes three or four works for piano and strings. The tour, designed to bring the musical richness of Ravinia to a wider audience, presents formal concerts as well as educational outreach programs for schools and community organizations. Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute have appeared at such prestigious venues as Boston’s Gardner Museum, the Library of Congress, Miami’s Friends of Chamber Music series and New York’s Town Hall, in addition to performances each year on the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars series.

Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is Ravinia's summer conservatory, bringing together each summer talented young musicians from around the world to make music together under the supervision of an internationally renowned faculty. Through its three programs—jazz, piano and strings, and singers—young artists at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute attend master classes given by musical luminaries, have daily coaching with the institute's faculty, and present recitals offered as part of Ravinia Festival's summer programming. Many of the institute's alumni have gone on to achieve notable successes in solo performance, opera, jazz, and chamber music.

2014 Tour


Piano Trio in E Flat Major, Hob. XV:30 (18’ )

Allegro moderato
Andante con moto

Miriam Fried, violin
SuJin Lee, cello
Henry Kramer, piano

David Ludwig
(b. 1974)

Aria Fantasy for Piano Quartet (16’ )

Alexi Kenney, violin
Matthew Lipman, viola
SuJin Lee, cello
Henry Kramer, piano

(1797 – 1828)

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 (52’)

Allegro molto moderato
Andante un poco moto
Scherzo: Allegro vivace—Trio: Allegretto
Allegro assai

Alexi Kenney, violin
Miriam Fried, violin
Matthew Lipman, viola
SuJin Lee, cello


Miriam Fried, Violin (Program Director)
Alexi Kenney, Violin (Steans ’11, ’12)
Matthew Lipman, Viola (Steans ’12)
SuJin Lee, Cello (Steans ’11, ’12)
Henry Kramer, Piano (Steans ’11, ’12)

Dates and Locations:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Ravinia's Guest Artists in the Classrom
Chicago Public Schools

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Side-by-Side Rehearsal with Circle Rockets
Ravinia Festival, Bennett Gordon Hall
Highland Park, Illinois

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Ravinia Festival, Bennett Gordon Hall
Highland Park, Illinois

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
XI Festival de Música de Cámara
Basílica Menor del Convento de San Francisco de Asís
Havana, Cuba

Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Boston, Massachusetts

Friday, April 4, 2014, at noon
Tri-I Noon Recitals
Rockefeller University
New York, New York

Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.
Treetops Chamber Music Society
Stamford, Connecticut

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
The Morgan Library and Museum
New York, New York

Thursday, April 10, to Saturday, April 12, 2014
Institute for Musicianship and Public Service
Community MusicWorks
Providence, Rhode Island

Click here to learn more or to book musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, please contact:

Anthony Roberts
Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
Ravinia Festival
418 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
847 266 5423

To reach the Ravinia Festival box office, please call 847-266-5100.