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Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

The Curtis strings department integrates new students from the moment they arrive into the full musical life of the school. Working with distinguished artist-faculty members, string players study solo repertoire and concertos, orchestral repertoire, and chamber music.

Curtis aims to educate and train musicians for 21st-century careers as performers on the highest professional level, through a unique "learn by doing" approach. Students can expect to perform often on the Student Recital Series and in other school-sponsored recitals from the very beginning of their Curtis careers.

Applicants who are admitted enter either the bachelor of music program or the diploma program. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.


Shmuel Ashkenasi

Pamela Frank

Ida Kavafian

Aaron Rosand

Arnold Steinhardt



Misha Amory

Roberto Díaz

Hsin-Yun Huang

Michael Tree



Carter Brey

Peter Wiley



Edgar Meyer

Harold Hall Robinson


Watch HSU String Quartet "Fontainebleau": Chorale and Variation
Eunice Kim, violin; Katya Poplyansky, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Will Chow, cello

listen YSAŸE Sonatas (6) for Violin solo, Op. 27: No. 4 in E minor, Finale
Rebecca Anderson, violin

listen DEBUSSY Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, L137
Patrick Williams, flute; Elizabeth White Clark, harp; Daniel Hanul Lee, viola

listen STUCKY Dialoghi
Nathan Vickery, cello; Curtis 20/21

listen BOTTESINI Fantasia Cerrito
Nathaniel West, double bass; Amy J. Yang, piano


"Shifting Perspective" Fall 2012 (PDF)

Curtis curriculum

Audition requirements

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