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Acclaimed Violinist Erin Keefe ('03) and Friends Perform February 24 on the Alumni Recital Series

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(February 4, 2013) Hailed as "an impressive violin soloist" by the New York Times, violinist Erin Keefe performs with distinguished Curtis faculty members and alumni on the Alumni Recital Series on Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m. Named concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2011 and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006 and the Pro Musicis International Award in 2009, she has established a reputation as a compelling artist who combines exhilarating temperament and fierce integrity. Ms. Keefe is joined by Arnold Steinhardt, violin ('59); Ida Kavafian, viola; Steven Tenenbom, viola ('79); Ronald Thomas, cello; Peter Wiley, cello ('74); and Anna Polonsky, piano ('99).

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.

The Republican (Mass.) remarked, "Coupling that technique and understanding with a winning persona and nerves of steel, Keefe clearly has a brilliant career ahead of her." In addition to the prestigious 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Erin Keefe has been a top prize winner of several international competitions, taking grand prizes in the 2007 Torun International Violin Competition (Poland), 2006 Schadt Competition, and Corpus Christi International String Competition. She was the silver medalist in the Carl Nielsen, Sendai (Japan), and Gyeongnam (Korea) international violin competitions, resulting in performances and immediate re-engagements in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Ms. Keefe has appeared in recent seasons as soloist with orchestras such as the New Mexico Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, and Gottingen Symphony Orchestra and has given recitals throughout the United States, Austria, Germany, Korea, Poland, Japan, and Denmark. 

She has been an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2010 after previously being a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program from 2006 to 2009. She performs regularly with the Brooklyn and Boston chamber music societies and has collaborated with many leading artists of today including the Emerson String Quartet, Roberto and Andres Díaz, Edgar Meyer, Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, David Shifrin, David Soyer, Colin Carr, Leon Fleisher, and William Preucil.

The Alumni Recital Series brings Curtis graduates from around the world back to Field Concert Hall. Performers are leaders in their field, whose success as musicians in the 21st-century continues the impact and legacy of Curtis music-making achieved over more than eight decades. Artists on the Alumni Recital Series donate their services, and proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis 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 provides its 165 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

Curtis's innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills, and the school's facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.


Alumni Recital Series: Erin Keefe and Friends
Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Erin Keefe, violin ('03)
Arnold Steinhardt, violin ('59)
Ida Kavafian, viola
Steven Tenenbom, viola ('79)
Ronald Thomas, cello
Peter Wiley, cello ('74)
Anna Polonsky, piano ('99)

DVOƘÁK  Miniatures for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 75a
STRAUSS  Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18
BRAHMS  Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

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

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