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I am presently accepting intermediate and advanced students who have mastered the basics, but are ready to take their playing to a higher level. My teaching emphasis is on technique and playing music expressively.

It’s an inspiration to encourage students to grow and evolve by tailoring instruction to their specific needs, while making it an enjoyable and pleasurable process. I also offer coaching to improve sight-reading and memorization skills. Lessons are generally once a week in ½ hour or 1 hour blocks. If you prefer, lessons may be given more than once per week.

Lesson times available are:
11am - 10pm Mon-Fri and Sat. 11am-4pm. Please call 708-652-5656 to discuss lessons. (No emails, please). Studio in Forest Park

About the Artist/Teacher

Known for his exceptional versatility, pianist Richard Sladek has performed professionally in the Chicago area for the past 20 years.

A Chicago native, he began playing piano at age seven with inspiration from his parents, later studying with John Calderone and Lydia Smutny Sterba. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University under the tutelage of Saul Dorfman and Felix Ganz. Other teachers have included concert pianists Dmitri Paperno ( DePaul University ), Robert VanderSchaaf, Donald Walker ( Northern Illinois University ), Pawel Chechinski and Joseph Cisar. He has also participated in master classes with University of Michigan piano professor Theodore Lettvin, and has studied jazz piano with Skip Green. His private theory and composition studies were with Ralph Dodds and the renowned composer William Russo.

Mr. Sladek has been the recipient of several awards including those from the Chicago Musical Arts Club and the Grace Welsh National Piano Competition.

Professionally, he has served as staff accompanist for Columbia College and the Second City National Touring Company and has performed with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. He has also accompanied for ballet companies such as the Salt Creek Ballet, and The Academy of Movement and Music, as well as played for ballet master classes with the renowned Maria Tallchief, Violette Verde and Ken Von Heidecke.

He was a featured artist at the Oak Brook Nordstrom and at Von Maur at Yorktown Center, Lombard.

In 1994 Von Maur commissioned him to record "Christmas Favorites"

(now available on http://cdbaby.com/cd/sladek) to celebrate the first holiday season of the company in the Chicago area. It has also been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Mr. Sladek has received a New York Film Festivals award for Outstanding Achievement for his Original Music for Video with the nationally acclaimed education theater troupe, Wavelength. As musical director/composer for 16 years, he performed for over 100,000 educators in North America and the Netherlands. He has played in numerous musical theater productions, most notably for the Shubert, Marriott Lincolnshire, the Theatre of Western Springs, Circle Theater, and the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

He has also recorded two other CDs, "Piano Celebration" and "Ragtime Classics". (Both available at www.ChicagoPianist.com)

Studio Location
Forest Park Studio near
Oak Park, Illinois
Call 708-652-5656 for specific address.