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Celebrated Pianist Jonathan Biss Performs on the Student Recital Series

Distinguished pianist and alumnus Jonathan Biss performs chamber music on the Student Recital Series as part of his weeklong residency on Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. The program includes the Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, performed by Mr. Biss and an ensemble of Curtis students. The free recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music and no tickets are required.

Curtis frequently hosts residencies by world-renowned artists, who work with students in master classes and chamber music coachings. Artists in residence during the 2009-10 season include composer John Corigliano, chamber ensemble OPUS ONE, pianist Robert Levin, and contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird.

At twenty-nine, American pianist Jonathan Biss has already proved himself an exceptional musician, noted for his prodigious technique, intriguing programs, and artistic maturity. He studied with Leon Fleisher at Curtis, graduating in 2001. Since he made his New York Philharmonic debut that same year, Mr. Biss has appeared with the foremost orchestras of the United States and Europe.

Highlights of his 2009-10 season include debuts with several major European orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw, BBC Symphony, and Orchestra National de Lyon, and recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Conservatoire in Brussels, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and St. Petersburg. In the United States, his recital highlights include performances in New York at the 92nd Street Y and at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, where he was named a Gilmore Young Artist in 2002.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach, a philosophy which has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924.


Student Recital Series: Chamber Music with Jonathan Biss (Piano '01)
Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m.

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BRAHMS Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26

Curtis students will also perform works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Fauré

Free; no tickets required.

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