Piano


Stefani Babic

began studying and playing the piano at 8 years old with Nera Grujic, and later with Olga Borzenko.  Her accomplishments include solo, chamber, special prizes and laureates.  She is an active soloist and chamber music performer in various venues in Chicago.  Stefani has participated in Master Classes with Ursala Opens, Martin Katz, Enrico Elisi, Paul Barnes, Yuri Kot and Vladimir Ogarkov.

Stefani is also an avid interpreter of contemporary music, premiering many opriginal works by emerging Chicago-based composers.  In October 2012 Stefani was chosen among six soloists from CCPA in competition to perform throughout the region and at the Fall 2012 Piano Showcase Recital was recorded for future broadcast on WFMT Chicago's classical music station (98.7 FM)

Stefani Babic has been selected as a 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Ludmila Lazar Scholarship recipient during her studies at CCPA.  She recieved Bachelor and Master's degrees at Roosevelt University with honors under the guidance of Dr. Ludmila Lazar.  Highlights of recent concerts include performances at the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, IL.  Stefani enjoys working with children and adult students of all ages on an individual basis at the Cappelli Institute in Oak Park.  

 Natalia Bazzi

Natalia Bazziis a graduate of the Piano Performance Master’s Program at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  She graduated from the Municipal Conservatory of Music Manuel de Falla in Buenos Aires, Argentina, receiving a gold medal in Choral Conducting.  At the Municipal Conservatory, she studied under Alicia Sciancalepore and Haydee Schwartz to receive a Piano Performance degree specializing in Solo and Chamber Music.  Natalia also earned degrees as a Higher Education Teacher of Choir Conducting, Artistic Piano Instructor, Choir Conducting Art Teacher, and Teacher of Musical Education.  At various schools in Argentina, she taught Harmony, Counterpoint, and Analysis, General Music, Piano, and Music History, and worked as accompanist.  Her extensive performing experience includes engagements at Scala de San Telmo, Salon Dorado de la Municipalidad de la Plata, British Arts Center, and the Fourth Festival de Musica de Cascavel.

Jeffrey Cappelli

Jeff Cappelliis a native of River Forest. He began studying piano with his parents, Dr. Amo and Nancy Cappelli. He received additional instruction from Alex Joseffer of Chicago and the late Donald Isaak of Northwestern University. He was a concerto soloist at Oak Park River Forest High School with the student orchestra and received the Frederick Chopin award. He attended Indiana University and was a recipient of a scholarship from the MacDowell Artist Society, and earned Bachelor and Masters degrees with Distinction. As a graduate student at IU, Jeff served as Assistant Instructor of Piano at the Bloomington campus and the Columbus Indiana extension campus. Jeff's many awards include first place honors in competitions sponsored by the Society of American Musicians and the Illinois State Music Teachers Assn., the Geneva competition and the Steinway piano competition. Jeff has been piano soloist at the Unity Temple, with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, and Cantigny Concert Series, and performed his own concerts in the Chicago area. Jeff founded the Cappelli Institute of Music in 1980 and he currently serves as the director.  Jeff is an RPT or Registered Piano Technician in the Piano Technicians Guild ptg.org and is a past president of the Chicago Chapter.  Currently has served as an education leader and program director of the Chicago Chapter.  Jeff has attended the C.F. Theodore Steinway Academy in New York and participated in the Comprehensive Training Seminars at the Steinway & Sons Piano factory and is Steinway Factory Trained.  Jeff founded Chicago Piano Service Inc. a company that provides piano repair, restoration, tuning and maintenance services for Chicago area Institutions, performance venues and private owner's pianos.



Renee Westerberg

Renee WesterbergIs a pianist who has performed with duos, trios, quartets and other instrumental and vocal chamber ensembles as well as choirs and orchestras. She has taught at the  DePaul Univeristy Community Music Division (1990-97), Lehnhoff School of Music, Chicago (1990-94) and Town of Bunde Music School (Germany) and the Yamaha Music School for Children in Paderborn, Germany (1983-88). She served as choral accompanist at the University of Massachusetts (1988-90).

Her education includes studies at the Rheinische Hochschule fur Musik in Cologne, Germany and Staatliche Hochshcule fur Musik Westphalen Lippe in Detmold, Germany as well as the Univeristy of Massachusetts (Amherst) where she obtained her Master of Music in Piano Performance. She also attended various Master classes and is a recipient of several awards and scholarships. 

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