North Central College - Naperville, IL

Master pianist Andreas Klein shares pizza, advice with music students

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Feb. 21, 2011—Music students at North Central receive individualized instruction from world-renowned faculty, experience opportunities to perform in world-class venues, and sometimes are able to work with musical masters.

When acclaimed classical pianist Andreas Klein booked a performance in North Central’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall during winter term 2011, he agreed to arrive a day early and conduct a master class with a small group of music students. He even joined them for a pizza dinner in the concert hall lobby.

Students heard a preview of music the master pianist would perform the next evening with the Spanish quartet Cuarteto Casals.

“With more than 25 students in attendance, this was an example of what great events and opportunities are available to students at North Central College,” says Chris Smith, graduate assistant in fine arts. “Not many other schools are able to offer the opportunity to meet widely acclaimed artists in such an intimate setting.”

Klein is a German-born pianist who has played in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. His recordings include “Dancing Through Time” and “Beethoven and Berg.” He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and complemented his studies with the legendary Claudio Aarrau and Nikita Magaloff.

North Central College offers undergraduate programs in music, jazz studies and music education in choral and instrumental. Students take a combination of core music classes, private lessons, ensembles and other classes suited to their area of specialization or interest. For more information about the College’s music program visit