The Music Instirute of Chicago Presents Cyrus Forough in Concert Review - The Beautiful Music Soothes and Excites

The Music Institute of Chicago presented acclaimed violinist Cyrus Forough in concert Saturday, February 18 at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.  Forough, joined by pianist Tatyana Stepanova, performed Bach’s Chaconne; Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1; and Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80.  Both artists displayed amazing technique and emotional expression as I closed my eyes and allowed the wonderful music to flood over and into me.  The performance of the Bach was the first time I had heard Bach played on a solo instrument, the violin.  Forough’s performance was incredible.

Cyrus Forough

Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition and Music Institute artist faculty member Cyris Foroughhas performed in recital and with orchestras throughout four continents including command performances for international dignitaries. A prominent representative of the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing, he is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music.

Tatyana Stepanova

Tatyana Stepanova had taught piano at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory for nearly a decade before moving to Chicago.  She has appeared in many concerts in Chicago and has performed with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, and Chicago Chamber Musicians.  She currently enjoys and active career as a teacher of piano.

Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931 and one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education to more than 5,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 101 years of age at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Winnetka, and Downers Grove. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy (Institute for Therapy through the Arts), and Nichols Concert Hall.

Cyrus Forough

 Information on future performances and ticket information is available at or 847.905.1500 ext. 108.


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