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Violist Michael Tree Performs on the Alumni Recital Series Feb. 20

The founding violist of the Guarneri String Quartet and Curtis students
perform works by Bartók, Piston, Rolla, LeClair, and Joachim

Performance dedicated to the memory of violist Karen Tuttle

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(January 31, 2011) The distinguished violist Michael Tree, a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, performs on the Alumni Recital Series on Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m. Curtis students join him in a program of duets for varied combinations, including works by Piston, Bartók, Rolla, LeClair, and Joachim.

The recital takes place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $28 and are available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or Artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis students.

Mr. Tree's performance is dedicated to the memory of Karen Tuttle, a viola faculty member at Curtis for nearly thirty years, who passed away in December. One of the first women to play in major string quartets, Ms. Tuttle was a chamber music pioneer as a member of the Schneider, Galimir, and Gotham string quartets. She studied viola at Curtis with William Primrose and served on the faculty from 1944 to 1955 and from 1986 to 2004.

Michael Tree performed with the Guarneri Quartet for forty-five years until its final concerts in 2009. He has performed on virtually every concert series throughout the world and has recorded more than eighty chamber music works for the Columbia, RCA, Philips, Arabesque, Nonesuch, and Vanguard labels.

Mr. Tree received his first violin instruction from his father. He later studied with Efrem Zimbalist, Lea Luboshutz, and Veda Reynolds at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1954 Mr. Tree made his Carnegie Hall debut and has since appeared as both violinist and violist with many major orchestras. He has also participated in leading festivals, including Casals, Spoleto, Marlboro, Israel, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, and Aspen.

In addition to the Guarneri String Quartet, Mr. Tree was a member of the string trio Divertimento and, as violinist, of the Fleisher, Jolley, TreeO. A member of the Curtis faculty since 1968, he is also on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard School, and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

The Alumni Recital Series, coordinated by the Alumni Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Alumni and Parent Relations Office, supports the next generation of Curtis musicians. Artists donate their services, and each year Society members work directly with Curtis to decide how proceeds from the recital series can be most beneficial to the students. In recent years contributions have been made toward the purchase of student tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, acquisitions for the library, the student travel fund, and instrument repairs.

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 164 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. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

Alumni Recital Series: Michael Tree ('55) and Friends
Sunday, February 20 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

LECLAIR Sonata, Op. 12, No. 2
Michael Tree, viola ('55)
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola ('10)

PISTON Duo for Viola and Cello
Michael Tree, viola ('55)
Camden Shaw, cello ('10)

JOACHIM Hebräische Melodien, Op. 9
Michael Tree, viola ('55)
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

BARTÓK Selections from Forty-Four Duos for Two Violins
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Michael Tree, viola ('55)

ROLLA Duo concertante in C major, BI. 34
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Michael Tree, viola ('55)

Tickets: $28; available from the Curtis Ticket Office at (215) 893-7902 or All artists donate their services, and proceeds benefit current Curtis students.


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