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Curtis Presents

Curtis Presents brings Curtis graduates and faculty members from around the world 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. Proceeds from the concerts directly benefit current Curtis students. 


All performances take place in Field Concert Hall. 

Noah Bendix-Balgley, Peter Wiley (Cello ’74), and Robert Levin 

Tuesday, October 17 at 8 p.m.

SCHUBERT Trio in B-flat major, D. 898
SCHUBERT Trio in E-flat major, D. 929


For twenty years, Peter Wiley has guided the young cellists and chamber musicians of Curtis with a steady hand and a generous spirit. This icon of chamber music, a longtime member of both the Guarneri Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio, is joined in a program of Schubert trios by Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and the eminent pianist and scholar Robert Levin.



Aizuri Quartet (String Quartet ’16) with Jonathan Biss (Piano ’01)

Saturday, December 9 at 8 p.m.

BINGEN         Columba aspexit
DVORÁK         Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81
GESUALDO "Io parto e non più dissi," from Madrigali libro sesto
HAYDN         Quartet in C major, Hob. III:32
NANCARROW String Quartet No. 3


The Aizuri Quartet derives its name from a Japanese style of woodblock printing that features intricate detail and vibrant color—which perfectly describes the group’s charismatic yet meticulous musicianship. Former quartet in residence at Curtis, the Aizuri returns to join forces with the imaginative and expressive pianist Jonathan Biss of Curtis’s piano faculty. Their dynamic collaboration is not to be missed.



Leonard Bernstein (Conducting ’41) Centenary Celebration 

Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m.

David Shifrin, clarinet (’71)
Dominic Armstrong, tenor (’09)
Jiacheng Xiong, piano
Zorá String Quartet

Curtis alumnus Leonard Bernstein left his mark on music around the world. This centenary tribute features the Zorá String Quartet, Curtis’s string quartet in residence; renowned alumni Dominic Armstrong, tenor; and David Shifrin, clarinet; and the exciting young pianist Jiacheng Xiong. They offer chamber music and songs from a prodigiously gifted composer and conductor who traversed styles and genres with ease.



Sarah Shafer (Opera ’14) and Mikael Eliasen

Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.

A Philadelphia favorite, Curtis alumna Sarah Shafer collaborates with Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre, in an intimate song recital. Widely admired for her “intensely expressive interpretations” (New York Times) in venues from Glyndebourne to Marlboro to Carnegie Hall, this luminous lyric soprano is a sought-after artist in opera and chamber settings. Enter her special world of song and poetry—with some surprises on the side.



Marinus Ensemble with Michael Rusinek (Clarinet ’92)

Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.

The ever-changing, ever-engaging Marinus Ensemble is flexible in size and shape to accommodate a broad range of repertoire. Focused on a threefold mission of chamber concerts, audience interaction, and residencies, Marinus counts many Curtis alumni among its members. For this special recital, another Curtis alumnus joins Marinus as a guest: Michael Rusinek, principal clarinet of the Pittsburgh Symphony, noted for his “lavish, supple timbre” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). 



Performances, artists, and venues are subject to change.




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