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Chicago, IL PianoForte Foundation is proud to host the North American debut of the international sensation, Piano Battle, featuring pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis. The duo performs February 5th and 7th at 7:30 PM in the intimate concert hall at 1335 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

Piano Battle is an interactive competition between the two pianists who, through rigorous performance during five rounds, are deemed winners by the audience's popular vote. The program ranges from classical pieces to pop music covers.

Piano Battle has been performed and broadcast in China, Armenia, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis are internationally successful pianists. They could have simply enjoyed a career that followed the usual concert circuit, but that's not what's on their mind. In the Piano Battle, they challenge each other in an energetic fight for quality and acclaim... (Der Tagesspiegel) "The intensity and music heats up with every round." (HK Magazine)

South African born Andreas Kern has performed extensively throughout Germany, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, China, Japan, South Africa and the United States. He developed the television segment "arte lounge" on the French-German channel Arte, nominated for a Grimme Award in 2011. Andreas served as artistic director of Darling Music Experience in Darling, South Africa, dedicated to bringing together musicians of local, national and international acclaim. He also founded the Piano City Festivals, a weekend of 100 piano performances.

German born Paul Cibis has performed extensively in South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, The United States, Australia, France and Germany. He initiated and served as music supervisor for the documentary Pianomania, featured in film festivals throughout Hong Kong, New Zealand, Mexico, German, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Serbia Russia and more; the film was awarded the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary (San Francisco). He has broadcast on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Chinese national television service CCTV, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), and more.

What: Piano Battle, hosted by PianoForte Foundation
Who: Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis
When: February 5th and 7th at 7:30 PM
Where: PianoForte Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
Tickets: General Admission $20. Students $10.
Info: www.pianofortefoundation.org or call 312-291-0291

Andreas Kern
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Paul Cibis
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About PianoForte Foundation
Established in 2005, PianoForte Foundation, is a leader in presenting innovative and accessible concert programming focused on the piano, such as the monthly radio broadcast Salon Series LIVE! on Chicago's Fine Arts Station 98.7 FM WFMT, jazz offerings and broadcasts on 90.9 WDCB, a family series and the new "dinner with..." series. PianoForte offers several large-scale events including the annual, free Schubertiade day of music and the biennial Chicago Amateur Piano Competition. The Foundation also awards annual scholarships for piano lessons to low-income children ages 6-12 and connects schools and community organizations with refurbished pianos through its signature piano donation program.

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