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Curtis On Tour Comes to South Florida Feb. 3-8

"A gem on the global stage" — Philadelphia Inquirer on the Curtis Institute

(January 23, 2013) The Curtis Institute of Music – "arguably the country’s most elite conservatory," (New York Times) – comes to South Florida for the second time this season for performances in Sarasota (Feb. 3), Lake Wales (Feb. 6), and Fort Myers (Feb. 8) as part of Curtis On Tour, which presents tomorrow's leading musicians performing alongside celebrated Curtis faculty and alumni. Curtis president and Grammy Award-nominated viola faculty member Roberto Díaz ('84) performs works for string trio by Beethoven, Schubert and Dohnányi with violinist Steven Copes ('94) and cellist Tessa Seymour, who entered Curtis in 2010.

The tour program ranges from Beethoven's early String Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 3 and Schubert's String Trio in B-flat Major, D. 581 to the Serenade in C Major of 1902 by Hungarian composer Ernö Dohnányi. Roberto Díaz says: "These delightful works—showcasing the seldom-heard string trio—are the ideal repertoire to exhibit what has become the hallmark of Curtis On Tour: a mix of youthful exuberance and seasoned artistry."

Curtis On Tour in Florida begins at the Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Built by the husband of Curtis founder Mary Louise Curtis Bok, the Bok Tower Gardens boasts one of the world's finest carillons and nearly 50 acres of gardens. For tickets and more information, go to

The next stop is Sarasota's intimate Jane B. Cook Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. The Curtis Institute of Music's connection to Sarasota dates back to the 1930's, when alumnus David Cohen founded the ensemble that later became the Sarasota Orchestra. Today Curtis On Tour makes regular visits to Sarasota, returning for the sixth consecutive year. Tickets to the Cook Theatre performance are available from the Curtis Advancement Office at 215-717-3161 or

The final concert is Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. in Fort Myers at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, a historic gem restored to its original magnificence in the River District. For tickets, go to

Curtis On Tour
With more than 25 destinations on three continents, Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music to audiences around the globe. Constantly expanding its national and worldwide programs, it embodies the remarkable traditions of the conservatory, where students "learn by doing," performing frequently and often collaborating side-by-side with their teachers as well as Curtis alumni.

Roberto Díaz
A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz holds the position of president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music. As a member of the viola faculty at Curtis and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator. Mr. Díaz has appeared as an orchestral soloist and recitalist in major cities around the globe and has worked with many of the leading conductors of our time. He has collaborated with such noted composers as Krzysztof Penderecki and Edison Denisov. Díaz was principal violist of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, a member of the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa and a member of the Minnesota Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner, and he is a member of the Díaz Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Andrés Díaz. His Naxos recording of transcriptions by William Primrose with pianist Robert Koenig was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.

Steven Copes
Violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse musical life as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. He joined the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster in 1998, and he has performed as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Colorado Symphony, the Saõ Paolo State Symphony, and the Knights. An avid chamber musician who performs in festivals the world over, he co-founded the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado as well as Accordo, a chamber group based in the Twin Cities, now in its fourth season. A dedicated teacher, he has taught and coached at the New World Symphony, Colorado College Summer Festival, National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, Indiana University, University of Minnesota, and University of Texas at Austin. A native of Los Angeles, he holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and his teachers have included Robert Lipsett, Aaron Rosand, Robert Mann and Felix Galimir.

Tessa Seymour
Tessa Seymour, from Berkeley, California, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2010 and studies with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, and Peter Wiley, cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007, and she has performed for the Dalai Lama at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, as well as at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music. She has appeared as a soloist with the St. John's Chamber Orchestra, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and Prometheus Symphony Orchestra, among others. Ms. Seymour has received first prizes in the American String Teachers Association competition, Felix Khuner Concerto Competition, Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition, and Stewart Brady Competition. She won the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra's 2007 Concerto Competition, which included a performance at Davies Symphony Hall. In summer 2009, she attended the Verbier Festival Academy and won the Festival's Jean-Nicolas Firmenich Prize for cello.

Curtis Institute of Music
One of the world's leading conservatories, the Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. Since the school's founding in 1924, its distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced alumni of the highest stature, from such legends as Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon and Lang Lang. Curtis graduates have won Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, Grammy and Tony awards.

Grounded in a rich heritage, Curtis remains a forward-thinking institution, nurturing the 21st-century skills that allow students to invent their careers in today's changing musical world. 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. Although hundreds of musicians apply each year, the school admits only enough students to fill the places of the previous graduating class. With an acceptance rate of 3.2 percent, Curtis is ranked as the most selective college-level institution in the United States by U.S. News and World Report (2012 edition, based on 2010–11 admissions statistics). For more information, go to

Curtis On Tour

February 3, 7:30 p.m.
Lake Wales, FL: Bok Tower Gardens

Beethoven, Schubert, Dohnányi
Roberto Díaz, Steven Copes, Tessa Seymour
More info

February 6, 8 p.m.
Sarasota, FL: Jane B. Cook Theatre
Beethoven, Schubert, Dohnányi
Roberto Díaz, Steven Copes, Tessa Seymour
More info

February 8, 8 p.m.
Fort Meyers, FL: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
Beethoven, Schubert, Dohnányi
Roberto Díaz, Steven Copes, Tessa Seymour
More info

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