Jeff Cappelli (owner)
Jeffrey L. Cappelli was born & raised in River Forest, IL. He attended Oak Park River Forest High School. There he was a repeat winner of the Concerto Competition, and the recipient of the Frederick Chopin Outstanding Musician award. During that time he was a repeat winner of the Society of American Musicians, Illinois State Music Teachers Association, Geneva competitions, and a winner in the Steinway Piano competition. Jeff also received a scholarship toward college from the MacDowell Artist Society of Oak Park.
Jeffrey was a student of his parents Dr. Amo and Nancy Cappelli of River Forest, Mr. Alex Joseffer of Chicago and Dr. Donald Isaac of Northwestern University.
Jeffrey Attended Indiana University where he received Bachelor and Masters degrees in Piano Performance. There he studied with Dr. Karen Shaw and Michel Bloch. Jeffrey served as Associate Instructor of Piano at both I.U. and IUPUI campus’s during his graduate studies.
Jeffrey studied Piano Technology as a student at Indiana University. Instructor Douglas Strong and others provided years of classroom and practical personal instruction by allowing full access to the IU piano repair shop, concert stages and practice rooms for extensive on site experience.
Following the college experience, Jeffrey worked privately as a piano instructor and piano technician before founding the Cappelli Institute of Music and his piano workshop which is now fully developed as Piano Renaissance, LLC. Jeff has attended Seminars at the Theodore C.F. Steinway Academy in New York and has received invaluable Steinway factory training.
Locally, Jeffrey has performed as soloist with the Oak Park and River Forest Symphony, in solo recitals in the Chicago Metropolitan area and for several benefit concerts sponsored by the Cappelli Institute. Philanthropic concerts developed by Jeff include those for Northwestern University’s Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Center, The Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center, Misericordia and St.Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
As owner of Piano Renaissance LLC, Jeffrey supervises the experienced staff of piano technicians, instructs new and apprentice technicians, oversees and manages the piano rebuilding operations and enjoys customer service.
Jeffrey is an instructor at the Chicago School for Piano Technology, a premier school for training of piano technicians and is Program Chairman and an Educator for the Chicago Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.