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Artist Residencies and Master Classes

Artist Residencies and Master Classes

Curtis frequently hosts residencies by world-renowned artists, who work with students in master classes and chamber music coachings.

Working with leading classical artists is an essential part of the educational experience at Curtis. Visiting artists give master classes, conduct the opera and orchestra, coach chamber ensembles, and perform side-by-side with students. In addition to alumni, the roster includes soloists and conductors engaged with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and other influential artists. They enhance the experience of weekly lessons and coachings with Curtis’s own renowned faculty. See all visiting artists for this current season.

2014-15 Past Curtis Residencies

Residency concerts are free, no tickets required. 

NEXUS Residency RecitalNexusNexus Percussion EnsembleNexus Percussion Ensemble
Friday, November 14 at 8 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Lenfest Hall, 1616 Locust Street

Internationally renowned percussion ensemble NEXUS is joined by members of the Curtis Percussion Studio and the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble for a residency recital. Acclaimed for their virtuosity as both individual and group performers, NEXUS offers an eclectic repertoire ranging from military music to the novelty ragtime of the 1920s, and from the rhythms of Africa to the ground-breaking compositions of Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, and Steve Reich. 

Aizuri Quartet Residency Recital
Saturday, November 22 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street

The Aizuri Quartet, currently string quartet in residence at Curtis, presents its first recital of the season. Formed in 2012, the quartet comprises alumni from both Curtis and the Juilliard School, and has performed at storied chamber music festivals like Marlboro, Caramoor, and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute.

Miho Saegusa, violin
Zoë Martin-Doike, violin (’13)
Ayane Kozasa, viola (’12)
Karen Ouzounian, cello


Jonathan Biss and Miriam Fried
Residency Recital
Biss Fried
Friday, January 23 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street

Distinguished artists Miriam Fried, violin, and Jonathan Biss, piano (’01), return to Curtis, working with students in master classes and chamber music coachings. Acclaimed both as soloists and chamber musicians, this year they will give duo recitals in Austin, New York, Washington, and in Boston, where they will play the complete Bartók and Brahms Violin Sonatas. Mr. Biss has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center, is a frequent participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, and often collaborates with such chamber ensembles as the Borromeo Quartet and Mendelssohn Quartet, of which Ms. Fried is a member. Jonathan Biss holds the Neubauer Family Chair in Piano Studies.