duo526 Sonata Seminar @ IU

Academy Faculty

Known for her verve and sensitivity, pianist Futaba Niekawa pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. In demand as a collaborative pianist, she has been engaged at the Banff Centre, New England Conservatory, and IU’s String Academy. Niekawa is a Lecturer in Music (Chamber and Collaborative Music) at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Award-winning violinist, Kerry DuWors has been Associate Professor, Chair of Graduate Studies in Music, and Head of Chamber Music at Canada’s Brandon University since 2003. Hailed for her “soaring cantilena” (Gramophone Magazine), DuWors has performed across four continents and champions collaboration across an array of ensembles from her duo work to leading chamber orchestras.

For more information, please contact Dr. Futaba Niekawa at fniekawa@indiana.edu.

Audition requirements

Regardless of your duo partner's plans (pre-formed or not), all intereted applicants should individually submit an applciation with the required audition materials:

Personal statement: Please write about your collaborative experience in a personal statement of approximately 500-words; include answers to the following questions:

  • What are your long-term artistic goals?
  • What do you hope to get out of duo526 Sonata Seminar @ BU?
  • What has been your past experience in collaborative playing?
  • Why do you value duo playing?

Recordings: Please provide recording links to two contrasting movements or works from the standard repertoire.

Repertoire list: Provide a list of sonata repertoire studied and performed.

Please send audition requirements to Dr. Futaba Niekawa at fniekawa@indiana.edu.

Fees and deadlines


  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee - $100 CAD
  • Full tuition - $500 CAD
  • Auditor tuition - $150 CAD


  • Application deadline - February 19, 2024

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