Ravinia's Steans Music Institute

Program for Piano and Strings | June 20—July 23, 2021

Steans Piano and Strings Program Header Program Overview Application and Audition Requirements Private Lessons and Chamber Music Participation Facility Faculty and Fellows

Program Overview

Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is a unique summer program for young professional musicians that focuses upon interpretation and performance. With enrollment limited to 35 violinists, violists, cellists, pianists, and members of pre-existing chamber groups, young artists find an intimate, collegial atmosphere as they work with each other and meet with a distinguished international faculty for private coaching, chamber music and master classes. Together they search for ways to approach and perform works selected from a broad repertoire. Ravinia's Steans Music Institute fosters a supportive, non-competitive environment for study and performance, with participants from around the world creating a distinctive international community.

Cellist and 2019 RSMI Fellow, Samuel DeCaprio, discusses his experience at RSMI's Program for Piano and Strings during the summer of 2019.

Miriam Fried, Program Director

Chamber music with Miriam Fried

Application and Audition Requirements

Piano and Strings Program 2021: June 20-July 23

  • Applications for Summer 2021 are open to pre-formed Ensembles only. (e.g. trios, quartets, quintet) Duos will not be considered.
  • Ensembles need only submit one application and pay one application fee for the group.
  • We will notify applicants of our admissions decision by email in mid-March.
  • Application fee: $80
  • Apply via Acceptd through January 31, 2021


Ensembles need only submit one application and pay one application fee for the group.

All applicants must upload to the application website three electronic audio recordings to fulfill the following requirements. CDs, tapes, and video recordings will not be accepted, nor will recordings sent by email. Live auditions are not offered.

Be sure to offer selections of contrasting character.

  1. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Classical era.

  2. Two contrasting movements from a work from the Romantic era—preferably by Schubert, Schumann, or Brahms.

  3. A piece of your choice.

Email steansmusicinstitute@ravinia.org with any questions or concerns.

Private Lessons and Chamber Music

Since the focus of concentration is music and its interpretation rather than instrumental study, young artists are coached by various members of the faculty. Participants may work on one piece with a piano faculty member and on another with a string coach, thus addressing broad musical issues rather than only the resources of their own instrument. Each participant (individual or ensemble) is able to have several coaching sessions per week. Besides these private lessons, Ravinia's Steans Music Institute members get together with the faculty for master classes and other informal meetings at which various aspects of the repertoire are discussed.

Individual instrumentalists are placed in groups for the study and performance of chamber compositions during the summer. Faculty members participate in the chamber music program as well, so that most participants play in one ensemble with a faculty member. Pianists accepted into the program also work with individual string players on sonatas and with each other, playing duets and works for two pianos. Established ensembles accepted by Ravinia's Steans Music Institute work together for the entire session but are joined by other musicians for the study of at least one composition for a larger group. In addition, informal reading sessions with faculty members take place throughout the five weeks.

Coaching with Martha Strongin Katz


Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is open to young instrumentalists between the ages of 17 and 30. Individuals (violin, viola, cello, piano) and chamber ensembles are invited to apply. Chamber ensembles may be of three or more instruments, either all strings or strings and piano. Ensemble members may apply both as individuals and with their ensemble, but they will only be able to attend as one or the other.

Everyone accepted for the program receives a full fellowship covering all Ravinia's Steans Music Institute activities, dormitory housing, most meals, and inter-campus transportation. The only cost to participants is transportation to and from Chicago. All participants must attend for the full five weeks.

The Facility

Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is located on the grounds of the Ravinia Festival in the John D. Harza Building. All performances take place in the intimate, 450-seat Bennett Gordon Hall, which has been praised as an acoustical gem by audiences and performers alike. The Harza Building also holds teaching studios, practice rooms, a library containing the most authoritative editions of the music performed at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute, and an audio/video control room furnished with high-quality equipment for the recording of all events in Bennett Gordon Hall. The recordings are immediately available for study and review after concerts and classes.

Ravinia Festival Activities

Ravinia Festival is located on Chicago’s North Shore and runs each year from late May through early September. All Ravinia events are open to Ravinia's Steans Music Institute participants.These include outdoor concerts in the pavilion by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, often joined by distinguished soloists, and solo and chamber recitals in Ravinia’s Martin Theatre. RSMI’s programming include concert and master class opportunities, outings to the city of Chicago, social activities with alumni and colleagues, and access to Ravinia Festival’s diverse and unique summer concert line up.

All Weeks:
Miriam Fried, Program Director and violin
Paul Biss, violin & viola

Week 1: June 21 –26, 2021
Joseph Lin, violin
Atar Arad, viola
Marcy Rosen, cello
Gilbert Kalish, piano

Week 2: June 28 -July 3, 2021
Mark Steinberg, violin
Atar Arad, viola
Peter Stumpf, cello
Alon Goldstein, piano

Week 3: July 5 –10, 2021
Ida Bieler, violin
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Timothy Eddy, cello
Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

Week 4: July 12 –17, 2021
Midori, violin
Martha Katz, viola
Timothy Eddy, cello
Paul Katz, cello
Julian Martin, piano

Week 5: July 19 –24, 2021
Martha Katz, viola
Gary Hoffman, cello
Jeffrey Kahane, piano

Lindsay Garritson, collaborative piano
Joseph Liccardo, collaborative piano
Xiaohui Yang, collaborative piano

Ellinor D'Melon
Emily Shehi
Grant Houston
Julian Rhee
Max Tan
Minami Yoshida
Rachel Yi
Ruben Rengel
SooBeen Lee
Tiffany Chang

Cara Pogossian
Charles Galante
Hae Sue Lee
Marta Lambert
SoHui Yun

Anne Jacobs-Perkins
Ben Solomonow
Connor Kim
Noah Krauss
Samuel DeCaprio
Stella (Ye Lin) Cho
Zexun Shen

Chelsea Wang
Connie Kim-Sheng
Elliot Wuu
Kyle Orth
Lam Wong
Nadia Azzi