Northwestern University Bienen School of Music



Biography

The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University is one of the oldest degree-granting music institutions in the United States. Founded in 1895, the school combines conservatory-level training with the academic rigor of a world-class research university.

Located 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Bienen School of Music is home to 600 undergraduate and graduate students and a distinguished faculty of 125, many of whom are members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestras. The school attracts exceptional artist-scholars—students with outstanding talent and achievement in both music and academics—and encourages them to explore multiple areas of interest. In addition to traditional degree programs, the school offers dual degree programs that combine an undergraduate music degree with a degree in liberal arts, engineering, journalism or communication. The school’s ongoing success is reflected in the many alumni who hold positions with some of the world’s most esteemed orchestras, opera companies, and universities.

The Bienen School of Music presents more than 400 concerts annually, including three special series: the Winter Chamber Music Festival, Segovia Classical Guitar Series, and Skyline Piano Artist Series. The school has achieved special stature in the area of contemporary music. Founded in 2012, the Institute for New Music has established the Bienen School as an epicenter for new music. The school also sponsors two major international prizes: the $100,000 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition and the $50,000 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance.

In 2015, the Bienen School moved into its new lakefront home, the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. This 155,000-square-foot glass-encased facility boasts three state-of-the-art performance venues, as well as classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios and choral and orchestral libraries.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/16/2016: Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

Conservatory Project: Students from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University perform songs and arias for soprano by Massenet, Schumann, Burleigh, and Puccini; a movement from Marschnerr’s Sonata for Violin; Ravel’s Tzigane; Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano; Liszt’s Consolation No. 3 in D-flat major; and Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto for piano.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 4/21/2015: Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

Students perform songs and arias for mezzo-soprano by Strauss, DuParc, & Rossini; and classical works by Lutoslawski, Ravel, Schumann, Strauss, and Liszt.

Video 4/22/2014: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Students play Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, Kovács’ Hommage à De Falla, Respighi’s Sonata in B minor for violin and piano, Carter’s Three Poems of Robert Frost, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12, Mozart’s Turkish March from Sonata K. 331, and selections from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Handel’s Rinaldo, and Messiaen’s Chants de terre et de ciel. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 4/15/2013: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Students play works by Paganini, Wieniawski, Copland, Ravel, Korngold, Gershwin, Zimbalist, Rachmaninoff, and Kreisler. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 2/20/2012: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Students perform a brass recital featuring works by composers David Sampson, Verne Reynolds, John Stevens, and Jan Bach. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 4/25/2011: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Students play works by Liszt, Poulenc, Mozart, Offenbach, and others. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/8/2010: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Students Nolan Pearson and Olga Ridgway, piano; Sean Patayanikorn, saxophone, Margaret Mascal, mezzo-soprano; Paul Jenkins, trombone; and Henry Wang, violin, perform works by Wieniawski, Hindemith, Verdi, Strauss, Rossé, and Schumann. Part of the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project.

Northwestern Bienen School of Music