About Us

What we do

— Our specialties

Magical Keys Duet consists of 2 sisters, Kasia and Karen Szczech. Kasia is trained pianist, harpist, vocalist, and organist while Karen is a trained violinist. 

The duet has been established for well over 7 years and since then they both still continue to find new things to bring to audiences.

Our Mission

Art can be delicate but it can also
have extreme power that can change the world. We hope to make a change in yours.

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Kasia

- composer, pianist, harpist, organist, and vocalist

Kasia Szczech is a Chicago based composer, pianist, harpist, organist, and vocalist who is working to take music to a whole other level. She has graduated Depaul University in June 2017 and is continuing her studies at St. Xavier University to complete her Masters Degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting 2020. Her experience has brought her many ideas to a complete and only motivates her. Her interest in contemporary classical new music, education, and show production had sparked at the Chicago Academy for the Arts where she attended for high school. She is working full time, teaching in her private studio and conducting her choirs, while being an organist/choral director at three churches.

Jesse Langen, the guitarist for world-wide known new music ensemble Dal Niente has been her mentor and second-father figure since the day she stepped foot at CAA. Kasia has been interested in the experimental scene since she had first started working on new music projects at CAA and continued her new music studies as a Composition major at Depaul.

She has experience with electronic, production, and a wide variety of new techniques for instruments. Her voice as a composer features taking the problems of today’s society, mainly featuring the war on humans and technology but keeps her voice by always incorporating old folk tunes from her home land Poland.

Kasia Szczech has won and been commissioned by Ensembles all around the world as a composer and had world wide Premieres by DissonArt Ensemble in Greece and Ensemble Dal Niente. Kasia Szczech is also part of a Youth Ensemble called Chicago Arts initiative, directed by Jesse Langen, who recently collaborated with Studio Musik Fabric in Chicago and Darmstadt, Germany in the International New Music Festival years 2015 and summer of 2016. Kasia also done piano festivals and student exchange programs all over the world in Singapore, Italy, Montreal, and Germany. She has years of teaching experience all over Chicago and years of performance experience. She plans to take this to another level by making her ultimate vision come true.

Kasia dreams of opening up a studio, where children from everywhere are able to learn the art of music on any instrument. Kasia has been working hard to maintain Magical Keys not only as a wedding duet, but also as a place where children can learn music, and a place that can create shows such as A Magical Keys Christmas Show, where musicians and children are able to participate in an annual event that raises money for charity with a variety of arts and styles of music involved.

Karen

— Composer and Violinist

Karen Szczech is currently studying at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she studies violin performance with Dr. Lenora Anop, Suzuki Pedagogy with Vera McCoy-Sulentic, while also pursuing a degree in Psychology. Prior to her university studies, she attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts high school in Chicago, Illinois studying violin with Ms. Rachel Brown and composition with Jesse Langen. As a composer, Karen’s pieces have been premiered by the Grammy Award winning ensemble, Eighth Black Bird in May of 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, representing the Kerry James Marshall exhibit. She is also in a youth ensemble, Chicago Arts Initiative (CAI) directed by Jesse Langen, who collaborated with Studio MusikFabric in Chicago and Darmstadt, Germany in the International New Music Festival. She has also performed in the Ear Taxi New Music Festival in Chicago, Under the Radar Festival in Nebraska, and in the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. Furthermore, as of today she has written three contemporary operas.

            As a performer, Karen not only brings history to life by performing masterpieces by Bach or Brahms, but she is also very committed to studying and exploring modern music from the 21st century. She also has had a great honor to perform in master-classes with exceptional musicians some include instrumentalists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Rachel Barton Pine. As a teacher, Karen uses the Suzuki Method to open musical doors for all ages of humans. Everyone has the ability to learn, and have talent. Not every student that is taught is expected to be an internationally known violinist, the ultimate goal is for the student to appreciate music as the art form that it is and what it means for the whole world. Art can be delicate but it can also have extreme power that can change the world for the better. That is what I hope for my students, for them to change the world when there comes a time that I won’t be able to.  

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