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The latest remarkable accomplishments of Curtis students, alumni, and faculty, across the country and around the world. 


Tianxu An Lauded as New Artist of the Month by Musical America

August 3, 2021

Piano student recognized for his adaptability and ambition is preparing for his debut recording for Alpha Classics, among other projects


Michelle Cann and Karen Slack To Receive Sphinx Medal of Excellence

July 26, 2021

Pianist and soprano honored for achievements in musicianship, advocacy, and ambassadorship


NPR, New Yorker, LA Times Explore Julius Eastman Revivals

June 24, 2021

A 1963 Curtis graduate, Eastman “personifies so many issues of our day,” reports critic Mark Swed


Elizabeth Younan and Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Provide Catwalk Soundtrack

June 14, 2021

Composition graduate’s premiere celebrates local clothing design project, reports WHYY


Watch Midori Receive Kennedy Center Honor

June 7, 2021

43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors aired on CBS June 6


Young Conductors Featured in New York Times

June 4, 2021

Recent article asks if assistant conductors, including several Curtis alumni, are the future of the orchestral field


Cristina Cutts Dougherty in Residence at Performance Today

May 21, 2021

Tuba student is nationally-broadcast program’s latest young artist in residence


Midori Appears in Washington Post Prior to Kennedy Center Honors

May 13, 2021

Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies will receive prestigious award in June


Curtis Faculty and Alumni Among 2021 GRAMMY® Winners

March 15, 2021

Eric Owens, Pacifica Quartet, and nationwide orchestras receive top music industry honors


Curtis Alumni Win 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grants

March 12, 2021

Recent graduates Oliver Herbert and Eric Lu win the prestigious award, designed for young musicians with the potential for major careers


Diane Monroe is WRTI Featured Artist

February 22, 2021

Violin alumna contributed first-person reflections and recordings to the jazz and classical playlists as part of Black History Month celebration


Michelle Cann Delivers “Knockout” Debut Says Philadelphia Inquirer

February 18, 2021

Performance of Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement receives rave reviews.


Karen Slack’s #SayTheirNames Project Detailed in Inquirer

January 20, 2021

Ms. Smith conceived of and performed in the film, which explores the remarkable contributions of Black women to social justice causes.


Alumni Projects Top New York Times Year-End Selections

December 5, 2020

Concerts and conversations are among the best of 2020 says New York Times


Curtis Alumni and Faculty Among 2021 Grammy Nominees

November 25, 2020

Eric Owens, Richard Danielpour, J’Nai Bridges, and the Dover Quartet have received nominations.


Ida Kavafian and Students Appear on the Violin Channel

October 12, 2020

Sixteen violin students perform solos and share lessons learned during isolation


Anthony McGill Receives $100,000 Avery Fisher Prize

September 15, 2020

Mr. McGill is a 2000 graduate of Curtis and has served on the faculty since 2015.


Double Bass Graduate Creates His Own Neighborhood Concert Hall, WHYY Reports

August 13, 2020

Miles Davis is a 1974 graduate of Curtis


Gabriella Smith Will “Make You Love” Contemporary Music

August 6, 2020

Composition graduate included in New York Times feature on 21st-century composers


Alumni Quarantining Together Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

July 2, 2020

Curtis graduates perform string quartets from South Philadelphia home