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George Lepauw


“A prodigious pianist” (Chicago Tribune) recognized for his “singing tone” (New York Times), and a cultural activist who “likes to shake it up” (Chicago Tribune), George Lepauw uses music and the arts to inspire and bring people together. Named “Chicagoan of the Year (2012) for Classical Music” (Chicago Tribune), George represents the ideal 21st century musician, intensely focused on his art and wholly engaged with the world. In 2009 he and colleagues gave the World Premiere performance of a newly-discovered long-lost piano trio of Beethoven’s to great acclaim, followed by a highly-praised first recording. In addition to his performance career (as soloist and chamber musician), George is the Founder and President of the International Beethoven Project (IBP), a non-profit organization focused on innovation in the arts with which he has organized multi-disciplinary festivals, educational programs, and annual “Beethoven Birthday Bashes” since 2008. Between 2016 and 2018, George was also Executive Director of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest). George, who grew up in Paris, began piano studies at the age of three with Aïda Barenboim (mother of Daniel Barenboim), and furthered his studies with Brigitte Engerer, Vladimir Krainev, Rena Shereshevskaya, Ursula Oppens, and Earl Wild, among others. He has degrees from Georgetown University (BA in Literature/History), and from Northwestern University (MM in Piano Performance). George is a frequent speaker and guest teacher at universities as well as on radio and television. He recently recorded Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, and hosts a podcast, Through The Stage Door. Visit for more.