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November 10, 2016

9 String Stars on the Joys and Challenges of Being a Professional Musician

Curtis President and CEO Roberto Díaz answers questions about his career and his hopes for future string players.

October 31, 2016

The Art of the Classical Mashup

Steve Hackman (Conducting '04) combines classical composers with popular artists in live orchestral 'mashup' performances.

October 28, 2016

Zorá Quartet

The Zorá Quartet, the newest quartet in residence through the Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program, performs their debut recital on the Student Recital Series.



October 15, 2014

On the Air

American Public Media's Performance Today, heard on nearly 300 stations across the country and reaching approximately 1.4 million listeners each week, comes to Curtis. Performance Today host Fred Child joins Curtis students, faculty, and alumni on stage for lively conversations and music.


September 17, 2014

Alumni Achievement

Amanda Majeski (Opera '09) makes her Met debut

"At her first rehearsal, Ms. Majeski had to jump right into the Countess's third-act tour de force, 'Dove sono,' and she more than acquitted herself, Mr. Levine [longtime music director of the Metropolitan Opera] said: 'It was clear the first day she sang that she had a warmth, an elegance, a wistful quality, an energy, that was very, very much her own.'"


September 15, 2014

Deutschlandfunk airs a Curtis radio feature across Germany, and Curtis On Tour returns to Dresden and Berlin

"The list of graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music reads like a 'who's who' of classical music." This 50-minute radio feature takes listeners into lessons, backstage at an orchestra concert, and inside the musician-tailored fitness program for students at Zarett Rehab & Fitness. Learn more. Building the school's European presence, Curtis On Tour sent a string sextet to Germany for a concert at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden (October 5), and a private performance at the American Academy Berlin as part of the Henry A. Kissinger Prize ceremony (October 7)


August 22, 2014

21st-Century Musicians

Adrian Anantawan (Violin '06) making an impact on stage and in his community

"The One-Handed Violin Virtuoso: A classical musician who plays with a prosthetic device helps young people with disabilities make music."


Summer 2014

Lifelong Learners

A remarkable response to free online courses from students in 135 countries

"Courses debuted in September 2013, and no one at Curtis was quite prepared for the enormity of the response." (Symphony, Summer 2014) Last year more than 75,000 people worldwide enrolled in Curtis's free online lifelong learning classes offered by Coursera. Recognizing the opportunity to inspire advocates for the art form, Curtis plans three online courses through Coursera this season.

This season's Curtis courses are sponsored by Linda Richardson in loving memory of her husband, Dr. Paul Richardson.


June 2014

All the World's a Stage

The global reach of the Curtis Institute of Music

"For any institution of higher learning, alumni that include Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber and winners of Guggenheim Fellowships and Pulitzer Prizes would be achievement enough. But the Curtis Institute of Music does not rest on its laurels — or stay within the confines of Philadelphia."

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March 20, 2014

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble Performs in Zankel Hall
Review by Harry Rolnick
“For the first half, the composer had taken his place in the balcony, while a group of amazing young soloists performed his chamber music..........He exercises them–vocalists, orchestras and soloists–to the limits of their instruments and their possibilities.”

February 17, 2014

One Book, One Philadelphia: A Young Composer's Musical Mirror to Iraq War Veteran's Haunting Novel
Curtis student Alyssa Weinberg discusses her work Prayer, inspired by the war novel The Yellow Bird by Kevin Powers.


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February 7, 2014

Curtis Opera Theatre singers coming to town
Curtis On Tour, be led by Mikael Eliasen, in a performance of duets from various operas, with a second act of lighter music from the American Songbook.


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January 13, 2014

Pianist's 'Private Communion' Goes Online
“For Mr. Biss, who performs at Carnegie Hall on Friday, the course's biggest impact wasn't his new fans, or the way he began to doubt the classical-music-is-dying talk that is, he said, the background noise of his life. Interacting with his audience changed his approach to performance."

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December 22, 2013

Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters: Gary Graffman and Lang Lang
“The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative..... Recently, I had the unique opportunity to sit down with two piano greats who bring a special dynamic to this conversation: pianists Gary Graffman and Lang Lang. This occasion marked the first time this teacher and former student have sat down together this way to talk about their work and each other's music-making.”


December 13, 2013

Curtis finds new board chair overseas
“Despite her international ties, Maltzahn will be a presence at Curtis, as she has been. She was introduced to the school several years ago - ‘It was love at first sight,’ she once told The Inquirer.”

October 23-25, 2013

Young Artist in Residence: The Dover Quartet

Curtis's string quartet in residence, the Dover Quartet, featured over three days of in-studio interviews with host Fred Child and exclusive musical performances. America’s most popular classical music radio program, Performance Today reaches over 1.3 million weekly listeners on more than 260 stations around the country.


October 17, 2013

Curtis Opera's 'Emperor of Atlantis,' written in a concentration camp

"Juxtaposed with the Bach cantata Ich habe genug (a life-weary piece that acts as a prelude and postscript to the opera), the total package was a significant artistic event in the fall opera season."

October 23, 2013

Curtis Orchestra lights up Verizon Hall

"By the time this program conducted (mostly) by Michael Stern arrived in Verizon Hall, two professional characteristics were bubbling away: solos of fully realized personality, and an ensemble identity that seemed to be inventing itself on the spot."

Composer Ned Rorem at 90: Still playing

"Those celebrating his birthday are doing so widely. His magnum opus song cycle, Evidence of Things Not Seen, will be heard Wednesday at Curtis' Field Concert Hall and also will be part of Curtis on Tour in several U.S. cities." 







September 17, 2013

Online courses: Music education for all?

One of the world’s most elite music academies is offering courses online -- and thousands of people of different musical abilities are signing up. Can web learning make classical music accessible to all?




May 14, 2013

Curtis Institute expands again - online

"The Curtis Institute of Music has built a roomy new stage, and it is accessible to nearly anyone who can type Performances by Curtis students, faculty and alumni are being loaded onto the site, making available for free videos of ebullient Mendelssohn string quintets, contemplative Piazzolla guitar works, popular Rossini arias and other pieces."





February 22, 2013

You Can Now Take Classes From the Most Selective College in the Country on Coursera

"Curtis has long been known as an elite place, but it will offer two courses through Coursera next year."


December 5, 2012

Curtis on Tour hits the highway to Columbia

"You can make the effort to go to a music school either as a student or at least to attend a concert, but how sweet it is when the music school comes to you. Curtis On Tour performs in Columbia, MD."


December 2012

The Curtis Institute of Music and Zarett Rehab and Fitness Forge a New Fitness Routine

"Curtis has teamed up with Philadelphia's Zarett Rehab and Fitness to set the next generation of singers on the path toward a sustainable lifestyle and lucrative career."


October 2, 2012

High-tech duet illustrates the power of a brand-new Internet

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia plans to use Internet2 to allow students to work with teachers around the world.


August 20, 2012

All-classical radio returns to Philly, by way of central Jersey

WWFM debuts weekly radio program "Curtis Calls," featuring performances from the Curtis Student Recital Series on digital channel 89.5 HD2







DNN-ONLINE.DE :: May 15, 2012

Old and New Worlds: Curtis students play in Dresden
They embody passion, precision, and, despite their youth, an already astonishing musical maturity.

SZ-ONLINE.DE :: May 17, 2012

Dresden Music Festival has first highlights
The "Heart of Europe" beats and strikes a chord with music fans. The Dresden Music Festival looks thematically to the center of Europe and is accompanied by celebrities and young musicians from the US.

MUSIK-IN-DRESDEN.DE :: May 19, 2012

"Heart of Europe" with a Pacemaker from Overseas
The young Curtis Symphony Orchestra enlivened the first days of the music festival--a short European tour now follows.


"Let's Dance" conquers the Atlantic
Dresden students were acclaimed for their performance by the audience.


Swaying between Sadness and Happiness
Inspiring dance and a phenomenal orchestra--once again there was jubilation for the youth project "Let's Dance!"


February 17, 2012

Curtis piano teacher, 97, still going strong

6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli visits with Curtis faculty member Eleanor Sokoloff, who has been teaching at the school for over 75 years.


February 14, 2012

Mellon Funds 3-Year, $450K eighth blackbird Residency at Curtis

Curtis will partner with pioneering contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird to create a residency aimed at preparing students for 21st-century careers.



December 4, 2011

The Curtis Factor: Video, music, stories, and more at  

What makes this ultra-selective conservatory so special? Meet students, faculty, and alumni, hear original Curtis music, and explore the rich history of this Philadelphia treasure.


October 25, 2011

Curtis musicians bring the sound of renewal to Verizon

Review of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's October 23 concert with Michael Stern and Jonathan Biss

September 6, 2011

Lenfest Hall opens a new era for Curtis Institute of Music

Curtis opens the new 105,000-square-foot Lenfest Hall on the 1600 block of Locust Street


February 17, 2011

Sound That's Lush and Slow, Speedy and Precise

Review of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's February 15 performance at Carnegie Hall with Hilary Hahn and Juanjo Mena


February 16, 2011

Higdon's Violin Concerto in Philadelphia Premiere

Review of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's February 14 performance in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center


October 8, 2010

Onetime Teacher, Student Find Success as Composer, Violinist

Jennifer Higdon and Hilary Hahn discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto


April 26, 2010 

Brilliance from Curtis' ephemeral orchestra

Peter Dobrin's review of the April 24 Curtis Symphony Orchestra concert


April 22, 2010

Despite Anxiety and Naysayers, Composer Winds Her Pulitzer

Profile of Curtis faculty member Jennifer Higdon, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music


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