Norman Ellman graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. degree in French from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received an M.A. in Romance languages from the University of Pennsylvania and completed all exams and coursework toward the doctorate. He has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Strasbourg and was appointed assistant diplômé, conducting English-conversation classes at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
He has taught French language and literature at Saint Joseph's University and at Rutgers University in Camden and has instructed all levels of French at the Alliance Française in Philadelphia. Mr. Ellman was professor-in-residence for semester-abroad programs in La Napoule, France and in Strasbourg. In 2006 and 2007 Mr. Ellman taught French Literature in English Translation at Rutgers University, a course that included a trip to the Loire Valley, Versailles, and Paris.
In addition to French, he speaks German, Italian, and Spanish.
Mr. Ellman joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2004.