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Curtis Symphony Orchestra Tours Europe, Appearing in Finland, Germany, England, Austria and Poland May 20-June 2

The orchestra performs in nine European cities from May 20 to June 2, featuring guest performers Peter Serkin ('64), Benjamin Schmid ('91), and Curtis President Roberto Díaz ('84)


PHILADELPHIA—May 15, 2017—Audiences across Europe will hear the exceptional student performers of the Curtis Institute of Music as part of an ambitious touring project from May 20 to June 2. The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, led by Osmo Vänskä, embarks on the school's largest orchestra tour in over 15 years, visiting Helsinki, Bremen, Berlin, Dresden, London, Salzburg, Vienna, and Wroclaw and Luslawice in Poland. These performances are part of Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music, an embodiment of the school's "learn by doing" philosophy that offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. 

Osmo Vänskä, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, comments, "I am delighted by the commitment of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and look forward to working with these remarkable young musicians. A major tour is an investment in these musicians, where they will experience firsthand how to properly prepare as a professional musician in an orchestra tour setting. Curtis on Tour, because of the way it embraces every area of experience both on and off stage, is vital to the development of its musicians and understanding the changing environment of each concert venue to produce the highest quality performances. I think this is a bold and exciting project which I am sure will capture the imagination and inspire our audiences on tour."

The orchestra makes its London debut on May 26 at Cadogan Hall, with celebrated pianist Peter Serkin ('64) as soloist in Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1. Serkin also performs the concerto in several other cities on the tour. Of the upcoming tour, Serkin comments, "I had the pleasure of teaching very fine students at Curtis, and now I look forward to the opportunity of making music with current students there, of playing Brahms's First Piano Concerto with this extraordinary orchestra and the wonderful conductor Osmo Vänskä."

Roberto Díaz ('84), president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform Krzysztof Penderecki's Double Concerto for violin and viola alongside Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid ('91). Other repertoire on the tour includes Strauss's monumental Ein Heldenleben and the lush, enchanting Suite No. 2 from Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé.

"I can say as a performing musician that there's no better learning opportunity than taking part in repeated performances of a program or a piece," says Díaz, who founded the Curtis on Tour initiative in 2008. "It's amazing to hear interpretations evolve as part of a broad learning process that includes insights into all the activities in the life of a professional musician, from working as part of a team to taking care of yourself and your instrument on tour."

About the Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Praised for its "otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication" (New York Times), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra embodies the sheer joy of music-making. Honing their craft under celebrated conductors, 100 young musicians—all students at the Curtis Institute of Music—perform with a fresh exuberance that makes each work new. Recent visiting conductors include Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, mentor conductor for the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellows at the Curtis Institute of Music. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

About Curtis on Tour

Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn 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, musicians offer master classes, interactive programs, and community engagement activities while on tour. Curtis on Tour also facilitates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with professional orchestras and recital series. Since the program was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 200 concerts in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

About the Curtis Institute of Music

The Curtis Institute of Music, "one of the world's finest music academies" (BBC Culture), produces top prizewinners of international competitions, soloists with major ensembles, and today's most promising artists. Founded in 1924, Curtis pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. Forty percent of the student body comes to Curtis from outside the United States, and 20 nations are represented by the student body in a typical year.

With an average acceptance rate of around 4 percent, Curtis is among the most selective schools in the United States. All its students receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships. As a result, talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. Curtis limits enrollment to about 175, accepting just enough students to maintain a full symphony orchestra, an opera program, and a string quartet in residence, plus select programs in piano, guitar, composition, conducting, and organ. In this intimate environment, they are nurtured by a celebrated faculty and inspired by the school's distinctive "learn by doing" approach, offering more than 200 performances a year in Philadelphia and around the world.

The extraordinary young musicians of Curtis graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history, performing around the world. As musical leaders, they make a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. 

 

Curtis on Tour | Europe 2017
Curtis Symphony Orchestra 

 

HELSINKI, FINLAND

Saturday, 20 May at 7 p.m.
Helsinki Music Centre
Presented by the Sibelius Academy
 
RAVEL  Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé
PENDERECKI  Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra - Benjamin Schmid, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
 
 
 

BREMEN, GERMANY

Monday, 22 May at 8 p.m.
Die Glocke
Presented by the Philharmonische Gesellschaft Bremen
 
RAVEL  Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé
PENDERECKI  Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra - Benjamin Schmid, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola
BRAHMS  Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15 - Peter Serkin, piano
 
 
 

BERLIN, GERMANY

Tuesday, 23 May at 8 p.m.
Konzerthaus Berlin, Grosser Saal
Presented in cooperation with Young Euro Classic
 
RAVEL  Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé
PENDERECKI  Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra - Benjamin Schmid, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola
BRAHMS  Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15 - Peter Serkin, piano
 
 
 

DRESDEN, GERMANY

Wednesday, 24 May at 8 p.m.
Kulturpalast Dresden
Presented by the Dresden Music Festival
 
BRAHMS  Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15 - Peter Serkin, piano
STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
 
 
 

LONDON, ENGLAND

Friday, 26 May at 7:30 p.m.
Cadogan Hall
 
BRAHMS  Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15 - Peter Serkin, piano
STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
 
 
 

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

Monday, 29 May at 7:30 p.m.
Mozarteum, Grosser Saal
Presented by Kulturvereinigung in cooperation with Mozarteum University Salzburg
 
RAVEL  Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé
PENDERECKI  Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra - Benjamin Schmid, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola
BRAHMS  Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15 - Peter Serkin, piano
 
 
 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Tuesday, 30 May at 7:30 p.m.
Wiener Konzerthaus, Grosser Saal
Presented by Jeunesse
 
RAVEL  Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé
PENDERECKI  Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra - Benjamin Schmid, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola
BRAHMS  Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15 - Peter Serkin, piano
 
 
 

WROCLAW, POLAND

Wednesday, 31 May at 7 p.m.
Wroclaw National Music Forum
Presented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association
 
RAVEL  Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé
PENDERECKI  Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra - Benjamin Schmid, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola
BRAHMS  Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Op.15 - Peter Serkin, piano
 
 
 

LUSLAWICE, POLAND

Friday, 2 June at 7 p.m.
Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Presented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association in cooperation with the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
 
RAVEL  Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé
PENDERECKI  Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra - Benjamin Schmid, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola
STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
 
 
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