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Curtis On Tour: Past Tours

 Summer 2015  |  2014- 15 Season


July 2017

Jordan Dodson, guitar, Shannon Lee, violin, Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola, Arlen Hlusko, cello

Falmouth, Mass.

Highfield Hall

Nantucket, Mass.

July 22 at 5:00 p.m. Music Talk (conversation and demonstration with the artists)
Nantucket Music Center
Nantucket Atheneum
6:15 p.m. Pre-concert talk hosted by David Ludwig




March and April 2017

Ida Kavafian, violinist and faculty leader
Abigail Fayette, Brandon Garbot, Jenny Jin, Haram Kim, Shannon Lee, Christine Lim, Adé Williams, violins 

Ida Kavafian and student violinists visit venues in the northeast performing a creative program of music featuring the violin. This unique program showcases classic works and virtuosic showpieces, all composed for ensembles featuring only violins.


Philadelphia, PA

March 19 
Field Concert Hall

Corning, NY

March 24 
Corning Museum of Glass

Great Barrington, MA

April 14
Saint James Place  

Boston, MA

April 16 
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Falmouth, MA

April 17 

Highfield Hall 


December 5, 2016 to January 22, 2017


Shmuel Ashkenasi (violin), Roberto Díaz (Viola ’84), Five student violin soloists (Angela Sin Ying Chan, Abigail Fayette, Brandon Garbot, Hsuan-Hao Hsu, Stephen Kim)



Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 207
Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, K. 364 

In December and January, a conductorless Curtis Chamber Orchestra tours coast to coast with all five Mozart violin concertos and the Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra. The violin concertos feature five exciting young student soloists from within the orchestra. The program’s centerpiece—the magnificent Sinfonia concertante—features renowned violist Roberto Díaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music, and legendary violinist and faculty member Shmuel Ashkenasi.

South Orange, NJ

December 5

South Orange Performing Arts Center

Newark, Del.

December 10 

University of Delaware, Mitchell Hall

Philadelphia, Pa.

December 11 at 3 p.m.

December 11 at 7 p.m.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center

Washington, D.C.

January 8 at 12:30 p.m.

January 8 at 3:30 p.m.

National Gallery of Art

Fort Myers, Fla.

January 10 at 8 p.m.

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

Palm Beach, Fla. 

January 11 at 8 p.m.

Society of the Four Arts

Carmel, Calif.

January 13 at 8 p.m.

January 14 at 2 p.m.

Sunset Cultural Center

Arcata, Calif. 

January 17 at 8 p.m.

Humboldt State University, Van Duzer Theatre

Davis, Calif. 

January 21 at 3 p.m.

January 21 at 8 p.m.

Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Jackson Hall




July 15-31, 2016
Harrisburg, Pa. | Woods Hole, Mass. | Great Barrington, Mass. | Wellfleet, Mass. | Nantucket, Mass. 

featuring: Meng-Chieh Liu, Kevin Lin, Laura Park, Yoshi Nakano, and Youna Choi 
*Bella Hristova, Soo Bae, Natalie Zhu (July 15 performance only)

Harrisburg, Pa.

*Friday, July 15, 2016
8:00 p.m.
Market Square Presbyterian Church 

Sunday, July 17, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Market Square Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Market Square Presbyterian Church
This performance is with string quartet only. Mr. Liu will not be performing on this concert.

Woods Hole, Mass.

Sunday, July 24, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Marine Biological Laboratory 

Eastham, Mass. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Salt Pond Visitor Center, Cape Cod National Seashore

Wellfleet, Mass.

Friday, July 29, 2016
8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church 

Nantucket, Mass.

Sunday, July 31, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Nantucket Atheneum 



March 9-26, 2016
Philadelphia, Pa. | Aspen, Colo. | Logan, Utah | La Jolla, Calif. | Davis, Calif.

featuring the Aizuri Quartet and Michael Rusinek

Curtis on Tour returns to the West Coast, with performances in Colorado, Utah, and California. Featuring the Aizuri Quartet, Curtis' string quartet in residence, programs will include Sibelius' poignant string quartet, "Voces Intimae," and a new work by Russian-American composer and Curtis alumnus Yevgeniy Sharlat. Michael Rusinek, principal clarinet of the Pittsburgh Symphony and a member of the Curtis faculty, joins the Aizuri Quartet for Mozart's Clarinet Quintet.

SHARLAT   RIPEFG for string quartet
SIBELIUS  String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, ("Voces intimae")
MOZART    Quintet in A major, K. 581

Philadelphia, Pa.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street

Aspen, Colo.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School, Harris Concert Hall

Logan, Utah

Monday, March 14, 2016
Utah State University, Caine Performance Hall

American Canyon, Calif.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards 

La Jolla, Calif.

Monday, March 21, 2016
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

Davis, Calif.

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre


March 14-20, 2016
Philadelphia, Pa. | Cape Cod, Mass. | Boston, Mass.

featuring Elena Perroni, Scott St. John, Brendan Dooley, Will Chow, and Elizabeth Hainen


DEBUSSY         Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, arr. Andrew Hsu and Judy Loman
DEBUSSY         Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
DANIELPOUR    Beloved Night
LIEBERMANN    Sonata for Flute and Harp, Op. 56
WEINBERG       Duo for Violin and Cello
RAVEL              Shéhérazade, arr. Andrew Hsu

Philadelphia, Pa.

Monday, March 14, 2016
Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street

Orleans, Mass. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Orleans Methodist Church

Woods Hole, Mass.

Friday, March 18, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Marine Biological Laboratory

Boston, Mass.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Gardner Museum

New Brunswick, N.J.

Monday, March 21, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts


Summer 2015


August 21-25, 2015
Athens, Greece

Friday, August 21

Cotsen Hall, Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

All-Chopin Piano Recital
Alexander Ullman, piano

Alexander Ullman, a 2013 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, offers a bouquet of Chopin favorites. A winner of the Liszt Competition in Budapest while still a student, he has toured extensively in Europe, India, China, and the U.S.

Saturday, August 22

Cotsen Hall, Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Vocal Recital
Ashley Milanese, soprano
Thomas Shivone, bass-baritone
Mikael Eliasen, piano

Singers from the Curtis Opera Theatre perform opera arias and duets, musical theatre classics, and gems from the art song repertoire with pianist Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre. The program will include works by Mozart, Handel, Donizetti, and Bernstein. Curtis alumni are engaged regularly at the world’s great opera houses and professional training programs.

Monday, August 24

Cotsen Hall, Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Cello and Piano Recital
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Alexander Ullman, piano

Featuring both a current Curtis student and a recent graduate, this engaging recital features beloved chamber works by Beethoven, Falla, Schumann, and Piazzolla. Cellist Timotheos Petrin, a native of Thessaloniki, is joined by English pianist Alexander Ullman (Piano '13).

Tuesday, August 25

Cotsen Hall, Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Chamber Music Recital
Ashley Milanese, soprano
Thomas Shivone, bass-baritone
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Mikael Eliasen, piano
Alexander Ullman, piano

Students, faculty, and alumni from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music perform a recital of vocal and instrumental chamber music. Repertoire will include works for voice, cello, and piano as well as selections by Rossini and Bernstein.



featuring the Aizuri Quartet and Roberto Díaz

June 2-20, 2015
Philadelphia | Mexico City, Mexico | Morelia, Mexico | San José, Costa Rica | Santiago, Chile | Frutillar, Chile

In June 2015 Curtis on Tour visits Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico with a varied program of chamber music for strings. The Curtis Institute's quartet in residence, the Aizuri Quartet, performs music by Haydn and Webern, as well as Carrot Revolution, a new work from alumna Gabriella Smith. Violist Roberto Díaz, Curtis's president, joins the ensemble for the Brahms String Quintet, Op. 111.

Carrot Revolution was commissioned by the Barnes Foundation and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Philadelphia, PA

June 2, 2015
8 p.m.
Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall

Mexico City, Mexico

June 5, 2015
Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México

Morelia, Mexico

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Conservatorio de las Rosas, Sala Niños Cantores (Aizuri Quartet only)

San José, Costa Rica

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Centro Nacional de la Música

Santiago, Chile

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
El Centro de las Artes 660

Frutillar, Chile

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Teatro del Lago



featuring Bella Hristova and Steven Lin

July 14-19, 2015
Philadelphia | Falmouth, Mass. | Nantucket, Mass.

Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Bella Hristova (Violin ‘08) and Concert Artist Guild laureate Steven Lin (Piano ’15) bring Curtis on Tour to New England for the seventh consecutive summer in July 2015. Their captivating program includes sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Dvorak, and Ravel, as well as a solo piano version of Ravel’s beloved tour de force, La Valse and Joan Tower’s evocative Second String Force, specially commissioned for Ms. Hristova.

Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall

Falmouth, MA

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Highfield Hall

Nantucket, MA

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Nantucket Atheneum

2014-15 season



September 22-October 7
Hong Kong | Seoul | Taipei | Dresden

Eunice Kim, violin*
Marié Rossano, violin
Roberto Díaz, viola*^
Born Lau, viola
Oliver Aldort, cello
Timotheos Petrin, cello

Curtis On Tour returns to Asia and Germany this fall with a string sextet, performing in Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, and Dresden. The tour ensemble—including violist and alumnus Roberto Díaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music; violinist and alumna Eunice Kim; and current students—play three Romantic masterworks: the Sextet from Strauss’s Capriccio, the Sextet in G major by Brahms, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.


featuring the CURTIS 20/21 ENSEMBLE

December 14
Washington, D.C.

What makes great music great? Rob Kapilow will show you with his unique and engaging way of taking you inside the music. Watch and listen as he unravels a piece, slows it down, then reconstructs key passages in ways that reveal what makes a particular composition so extraordinary. called it “a knockout combination of entertainment and education.” This program features the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble performing Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring Suite.



January 21-24 & March 13-17
Philadelphia | Columbia, Md. | Falmouth+ | Boston | New York City

Curtis faculty cellist Peter Wiley joins the Aizuri Quartet, Curtis's quartet in residence, in a program that includes Schubert's final chamber work, the String Quintet in C major, D. 956.



February 7-11
Dresden | Paris

The Aizuri Quartet is string quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. Its members have studied at Curtis and the Juilliard School; and have participated in the Marlboro and Caramoor festivals as well as the Ravinia Festival's Steans Music Institute, where they were quartet in residence in 2014. The quartet was a finalist in the 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. The Aizuri Quartet's members are Miho Saegusa, violin; Zoë Martin-Doike, violin ('13); Ayane Kozasa, viola ('12); and Karen Ouzounian, cello.


Curtis 20/21
Curtis Guitar Studio

February 10
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, NY

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Alec Holcomb, guitar
Jiyeon Kim, guitar
Xiaobo Pu, guitar
Hao Yang, guitar

The young musicians of the Curtis Institute of Music explore the unique and multifaceted role of guitar in contemporary classical music, with a program that includes pieces by Paul Lansky and Steve Mackey, a Curtis composer-in-residence. A versatile ensemble, Curtis 20/21 has been lauded for their “passionate performances” (New York Times) in Miller Theatre’s Composer Portraits and Bach, Revisited series, as well as previous Pop-Up Concerts.



March 7-17
Washington, D.C. | Philadelphia | Miami | Davis | Rohnert Park | San Diego

Robert Spano, conductor*
Roberto Díaz, viola*^
Rachel Sterrenberg, soprano

In March 2015 the Curtis Chamber Orchestra toured the U.S. in a program featuring three prominent alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music. World-renowned conductor Robert Spano leads the world premiere of a viola concerto by Jennifer Higdon, Curtis composition faculty, performed by violist Robert Díaz (’84), the school’s president. The program also includes three songs composed by Mr. Spano, as well as Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony and Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony. 

* alumnus/alumna
^ faculty

For more information, contact Andrew Lane, Director of Curtis On Tour.

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Curtis On Tour is the global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. An embodiment of the school’s "learn by doing" philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, students frequently offer master classes, in-school demonstrations, and other community engagement activities. Since Curtis On Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have traveled to more than 50 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, with new venues added each year.


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