Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia Establishes Annual Fellowship at Curtis
Supports the school's thriving international community, which includes students from 19 countries
Curtis hosts celebration and recital for the Consular Corps December 12
(December 8, 2011) The Curtis Institute of Music announces the creation of an annual fellowship established by the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia to support the international community at Curtis. Founded in 1880, the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia is the oldest association of foreign Consuls in the nation. Today it includes representatives from 34 countries from around the globe.
The Consular Corps of Philadelphia Annual Fellowship will be held by Tomasz Kowalczyk, a 23-year-old percussion student from Krakow, Poland. One of the world's leading conservatories, the Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians from around the world for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. The school's policy of providing merit-based full-tuition scholarships to all students is sustained by named fellowships, which help to cover the training and financial aid costs. The 165 students currently enrolled at Curtis hail from 19 different countries.
The two organizations celebrate with a private, pre-recital reception at the Curtis Institute of Music on Monday, December 12. Hosted by Curtis President Roberto Díaz and Curtis Trustee John J. Medveckis, the evening begins with a celebration and presentation in Lenfest Hall, the school's new 105,000-square-foot campus expansion. A public performance by Curtis students and faculty follows in Field Concert Hall, inside the stately main building off Rittenhouse Square.
Proceeds from the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia Gala, held in May at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, helped establish the fellowship. The remainder of the $25,000 gift will provide general operating support to the Curtis Annual Fund.
Vivian W. Piasecki, honorary co-chair of the Consular Corps gala along with Charles E. Mather, III, said "One of the most special things about Curtis is that fact that students from around the world are able to attend for free. I'm so pleased that the fellowship established by the Consular Corps will support this tradition and help Curtis continue to attract the very best and most promising students."
As Curtis carries its rich musical traditions into the future, it remains a magnet for the finest international talent. Ana Maria de Keene, Honorary Consul of El Salvador and chair of the Consular Corps gala, said "The Consular Corps is pleased to support the thriving international community at Curtis. The diverse student body, which includes students from Japan to Mexico, Hungary to New Zealand, reflects the school's commitment to educating and training the world's finest young musicians."
The school's impact on music internationally and locally inspired the 2011-12 Appassionato season, which features bold programming, enriched curriculum offerings, and exceptional special events that herald Curtis's enduring influence on music in Philadelphia and the world. Members of the Consular Corps serve as Curtis Appassionato Ambassadors this season, introducing new audiences to the school.
The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, the oldest association of foreign Consuls in the United States, encompasses representatives from 34 countries from around the globe; Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Republic of Liberia, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Members of the organization promote trade, travel, investment and humanitarian assistance between their respective countries and local authorities.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 165 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.
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