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Playing to the World

Since 1924, Curtis has drawn the young and the exceptionally gifted from around the globe. They perform internationally with Curtis On Tour and work with a faculty of renowned performers. One day they graduate. And then they belong to the world.

In every time zone, on the most revered stages around the globe and in their own communities, Curtis graduates are making and motivating music—composing, playing, singing, teaching.

And the world is listening.

:: Find a live Curtis Performance this season, in Philadelphia or around the world

:: Watch Curtis performances anytime, anywhere, with Curtis Performs.

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:: Read about Curtis in the news

How Curtis Plays to the World

Curtis by the numbers

165 students
100% of students on merit-based full-tuition scholarship
20 nations represented by the student body in a typical year
95 faculty
150 + performances each season
100 + free recitals each season
25 + destinations around the globe visited by the Curtis touring ensembles
2,300 + children and adults reached each year by Curtis community engagement events
Countless performance opportunities for Curtis students
$36,000 + Tuition value per student
75% Percent of students receiving aid
80% of Curtis’s annual budget comes from annual giving and endowment income

A global impact on music

Graduates of Curtis are musical leaders. A select group numbering only 4,000 since the school’s founding in 1924. Curtis alumni have had a profound impact on the world of music.

  • They are solo artists in the most important venues in the world- from Berlin to Bejing and beyond.
  • They play in ensembles worldwide and hold principal and titled chairs in every major American orchestra.
  • They are on the rosters of the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, and the San Francisco Opera, among other world-renowned companies.
  • They have won Pultizer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, Avery Fisher Awards, Grammies, Tonys, and countless other prestigious musical honors.

Help Curtis Play to the World

Curtis provides every student with a tuition-free education. With no tuition income, the school’s revenue comes overwhelmingly from philanthropy. Annual giving and endowment income provide more than 80 percent of the annual budget. Learn more about ways you can support Curtis through the Annual Fund and other initiatives.

in the news :: March 20, 2014

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble Performs in Zankel Hall

Called "Poland's greatest living composer" (The Guardian), Krzysztof Penderecki led the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble in a program of his own music in New York City at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. Review by Harry Rolnick. 


Sarasota Herald-Tribune :: February 7, 2014

Curtis Opera Theatre singers coming to town

Curtis On Tour, led by Mikael Eliasen, artistic director of the Curtis Opera Theatre, performed throughout Florida in February 2014. Mr. Eliasen discusses the benefits of touring with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 


Philadelphia Inquirer :: December 13, 2013

Curtis finds new board chair overseas

"Despite her international ties, Maltzahn will be a presence at Curtis, as she has been. She was introduced to the school several years ago - 'It was love at first sight,' she once told The Inquirer."


Seattle Post Intelligencer :: May 2, 2013 

Salt Lake school is changing lives through music

Orchestras that play this well typically aren't found outside the youth conservatories of legendary music schools like New York's Juilliard School or Philadelphia's Curtis Institute. It's the high-profile showpiece of a music education program whose aspirations go beyond producing a world-class orchestra.


CNN :: March 16, 2013

One-handed violinist helps the disabled make music

Adrian Anantawan is a world-class violinist despite being born without a right hand


The Atlantic :: February 22, 2013

You Can Now Take Classes From the Most Selective College in the Country on Coursera

Curtis has long been known as an elite place, but it will offer two courses through Coursera next year.


Philadelphia Inquirer :: November 27, 2012

Play On Philly music program is modeled on Venezuela's El Sistema

Founded by Curtis graduate Stanford Thompson, "Play On Philly's after-school program is a laboratory to demonstrate locally what Venezuela has already proven -- that music education can be a powerful force for social change."


WRTI (90.1 FM) :: November 24, 2012

Clarinetist Alexander Bedenko: From Ukraine to Curtis and Now The World

"Here's the impressive story of a young Russian clarinetist who moved all the way to Philadelphia at age 17 for musical training and is now a rising star -- one of the most prominent talents of his generation."