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Curtis Mourns the Loss of Legendary Violist and Faculty Member Joseph de Pasquale

With great sadness, the Curtis Institute of Music shares that alumnus and faculty member Joseph de Pasquale passed away Monday morning, June 22. 
One of the legends of the viola world, he was also an irreplaceable part of Curtis. Mr. de Pasquale was a member of the faculty for more than 50 years--guiding young violists to noteworthy careers as orchestra members, soloists, and teachers. The Philadelphia Orchestra viola section alone contains 7 of his students.

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer's tribute.
A 1942 Curtis graduate, Mr. de Pasquale studied with Louis Bailly, Max Aronoff, and William Primrose. He served as principal viola of the Boston Symphony prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal viola in 1964, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.
He had an immense impact on the world of music: he recorded and performed with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky in Carnegie Hall; premiered the Piston Viola Concerto, which was written for him; and gave the first Boston performances of concertos by Walton and Milhaud.
This May he was honored at Curtis's commencement ceremony with a Lifetime Achievement Award. His student Ren Martin-Doike (Viola '15) honored his life and impact in this spring's edition of Overtones.
Curtis was fortunate to have him for so many years. He will be remembered with gratitude, respect, and love.

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