Making Waves

The Curtis Institute of Music produces top prizewinners of international competitions, soloists with major ensembles, and today’s most promising artists. Each year 175 students come to Curtis, drawn by a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture. 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 concerts each year in Philadelphia as well as performances around the world through Curtis on Tour. They go on to make waves throughout the music world, winning major competitions, appointments, and honors.

Enjoy musical selections from the 2017–18 season at Curtis, demonstrating the unparalleled music-making created by our students before they go on to make waves on stages around the world.

David Cooper (Horn ’04)

Weston Sprott (Trombone ’06)

Nozomi Imamura (Community Artist Fellow ’19)

Siena Licht Miller, opera student

Christina Naughton (Piano ’11) and Michelle Naughton (Piano ’11)

Kevin Cobb (Trumpet ’93)

Adé Williams, violin student

Addison Maye-Saxon, trombone student

Jonathan Biss (Piano ’01), faculty member

Yuwon Kim, conducting fellow

Aizuri Quartet (String Quartet in Residence, 2014-16)

Timothy Chooi (Violin ’17)

Michael Casimir (Viola ’18)

Joseph Conyers (Double Bass ’04)

Jun-Ching Lin (Violin ’85)

Hae Sue Lee, viola student

Chang-Yong Shin (Piano ’16)


Stay up to date on the latest achievements by Curtis students and alumni:


July 2019: Seattle Symphony, Section Bass

William Langlie-Miletich (Double Bass ’19)

Seattle Symphony: Seattle Symphony Welcomes Four New Musicians This Fall


July 2019: University of California, Berkeley School of Music, Piano Faculty

Jenny Q Chai (Piano ’04)

Musical America: Pianist Jenny Q Chai Appointed to the Piano Faculty of the University of California, Berkeley


June 2019: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn

David Cooper (Horn ’04)

CSO Sounds and Stories: The CSO appoints David Cooper as its principal horn 


June 2019: Sendai International Music Competition Violin Section, Second Prize

Shannon Lee (Violin ’16)

The Violin Channel: No 1st Prize Awarded at Japan’s Sendai International Violin Competition


June 2019: Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Second Prize

Bryan Anderson (Organ ’15)

Chadds Ford Live: Sebastian Heindl wins Longwood Gardens Organ Competition


June 2019: BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Song Prize

Mingjie Lei (Opera ’15)

OperaWire: Mingjie Lei Wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 Song Prize


June 2019: Generocity Immigrant Leader, Nominee

Nozomi Imamura (Community Artist Fellow ’19) City of hopes and dreams: These are the ‘Immigrant Leaders’ you nominated


June 2019: Michael Hill International Violin Competition, First, Second, and Fourth Prizes

First Prize: Anna Do Gyung Im, violin student; Second Prize: Eric Tsai, violin student; Fourth Prize: Angela Sin Ying Chan, violin student

The StradAnna Im wins Michael Hill International Violin Competition


June 2019: Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition, Second Prize

Karisa Chiu, violin student

The StradLeopold Mozart Violin Competition reaches final three


June 2019: Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, Competitors

Semi-finalist and Audience Award: Avery Gagliano, piano student; Quarter-finalist: Xiaoxuan Li, piano student; Competitor: Ray Ushikubo, piano and violin student

Philadelphia MagazineA Lower Merion Teen Is Competing Against the World’s Greatest Young Pianists


June 2019: Buffalo Philharmonic, Concertmaster

Nikki Chooi (Violin ’12)

The Violin Channel: VC Artist Nikki Chooi Appointed New Buffalo Philharmonic Concertmaster


June 2019: Musical America, New Artist of the Month

Gabriella Smith (Composition ’13)

Musical America: New Artist of the Month: Composer Gabriella Smith


May 2019: Concours musical international de Montréal ‘Mini Violini’ Showcase, Audience Prize

Hannah Tam, violin student

The Strad13-year-old Hannah Tam wins Montreal's ‘Mini Violini’


May 2019: Deer Valley Music Festival, Principal Conductor

Conner Gray Covington (Conducting ’17) Conner Gray Covington Named Principal Conductor of Utah Symphony’s Deer Valley® Music Festival


May 2019: Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, Top Prizes

Second Prize: Timothy Chooi (Violin ’17); Third Prize: Stephen Kim (Violin ’18); Fourth Prize: Shannon Lee (Violin ’16)

The Violin Channel: Stella Chen Awarded 1st Prize at Brussel’s Queen Elisabeth Competition


May 2019: Vienna Classic Strings International Competition (Viola), First Prize

Luosha Fang  (Violin ’14)

The StradLuosha Fang wins viola section of Vienna Classic Strings competition


May 2019: The Juilliard School Preparatory Division, Dean

Weston Sprott (Trombone ’06)

The Juilliard School: Juilliard Names Weston Sprott as Dean of the Preparatory Division, Overseeing Juilliard Pre-College and the Music Advancement Program


April 2019: The University of British Columbia, Assistant Professor of Viola and Chamber Music (beginning Fall 2019)

Marina Thibeault (Viola ’11)

UBC Music: Introducing Marina Thibeault


April 2019: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Associate Professor of Flute (beginning August 2019)

Demarre McGill (Flute ’96)

The Village News Blog: Acclaimed Musician Demarre McGill Is Named Associate Professor of Flute at CCM


April 2019: The Solti Foundation, Career Assistance Award

Conner Gray Covington (Conducting ’17) and Kensho Watanabe (Conducting ’15)

The Solti Foundation: 10 Young Conductors receive 2019 Career Assistance Awards from The Solti Foundation U.S.


April 2019: Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition, Winners

Beatrice Chen, viola student (Junior Division); Gabriel Polinsky, double bass student (Senior Division)

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition


April 2019: Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, William W. Watkins Award

Anastasiia Sidorova, voice student

Annapolis Opera: The 31st Annual Vocal Competition


April 2019: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Principal Guest Conductor

Karina Canellakis (Violin ’04)

Broadway World: Karina Canellakis Named Principal Guest Conductor Of Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


April 2019: Musical America, New Artist of the Month

Siena Licht Miller, opera student

Musical America: New Artist of the Month: Siena Licht Miller


March 2019: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Principal Oboe

Cassie Pilgrim (Oboe ’18)

Oberlin College and Conservatory News: Cassie Pilgrim AD ’20 Nets Principal Oboe Position


March 2019: Yale School of Music, Professor of Trumpet (beginning Fall 2019)

Kevin Cobb (Trumpet ’93)

Yale School of Music: Trumpeter Kevin Cobb appointed to YSM faculty


March 2019: National Trumpet Competition (Undergraduate Solo Division), First Prize

James Vaughen, trumpet student

National Trumpet Competition: NTC 2019 Final Results


March 2019: Lyon & Healy Award, Winner

Claire Thai, harp student

Harp Column: 2019 Lyon & Healy Award winners announced


March 2019: Avery Fisher Career Grant, Recipients

Christina Naughton (Piano ’11) and Michelle Naughton (Piano ’11)

WQXR: 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grants Honorees Announced


March 2019: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Viola

Vicki Powell (Viola ’10)

The Violin Channel: Stockholm Philharmonic Announces Appointment of New Principal Violist


March 2019: BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Finalists

Jorge Espino, opera student; Mingjie Lei (Opera ’15)

Journal of Music: 20 Singers Announced for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019


February 2019: Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, Winner

Alejandro Lombo, flute student

South Florida Sun SentinelMiramar musician wins Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition


February 2019: Young Concert Artists, President (beginning July 2019)

Daniel Kellogg (Composition ’99)

The Violin Channel: Young Concert Artists Announce Change Of the Guard After 58 Years


February 2019: Grammy Award, Best Choral Performance

Arlen Hlusko (Cello ’15)

NPR: 2019 Grammy Awards: The Full List Of Winners


February 2019: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Faculty

Rhoslyn Jones (Opera ’06)

Broadway World: Soprano Rhoslyn Jones To Join San Francisco Conservatory of Music Faculty


February 2019: Sphinx Competition, Second Prize

Adé Williams, violin student Prizes Awarded at Detroit’s 2019 Sphinx Competition


January 2019: Copland House, CULTIVATE Fellow

Chelsea Komschlies (Composition ’18)

Copland House: Copland House Names Cultivate Fellows For 2019


January 2019: Performance Today, Young Artist in Residence

Addison Maye-Saxon, trombone student

Performance Today: Young Artist in Residence: Addison Maye-Saxon 


January 2019: WQXR, Artists to Watch in the Upcoming Year

Teddy Abrams (Conducting ’08); J’Nai Bridges (Opera ’12); Xavier Foley (Double Bass ’16); Wei Luo, piano student; Elena Urioste (Violin ’08)

WQXR: WQXR Presents “19 for 19”: Artists to Watch in the Upcoming Year


December 2018: Shenandoah Conservatory, Assistant Professor

Mary Bowden (Trumpet ’04)

Shenandoah University News: Mary Elizabeth Bowden Appointed Assistant Professor Of Trumpet


December 2018: Handel and Haydn Society, Principal Double Bass

Heather Miller Lardin (Double Bass ’96)

The Violin Channel: Boston’s Handel and Haydn Period Ensemble Announces New Principal Double Bassist


December 2018: Grammy Nomination, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Aizuri Quartet (String Quartet in Residence, 2014-16)

BillboardGrammys 2019 Nominees: The Complete List


December 2018: Tippet Rise, Artistic Advisor

Pedja Muzijevic (Accompanying ’85)

Tippet Rise Art Center: Pianist Pedja Muzijevic to serve as Artistic Advisor to Tippet Rise


December 2018: American Federation of Musicians Local 802, President

Adam Krauthamer (Horn ’03)

New York TimesPropelled by Pension Fears, a Musicians’ Union Elects Change


December 2018: From the Top, Performer

Avery Gagliano, piano student

From the Top: Brunswick, Maine/Show 361


December 2018: Musical America Worldwide, 30 Professionals of the Year

Joseph Conyers (Double Bass ’04)

Musical America Worldwide: The MA 30 Professionals of the Year: Innovators, Independent Thinkers, and Entrepreneurs


November 2018: IsangYun International Cello Competition, First Prize

Christine Jeong Hyoun Lee (Cello ’13) and Sang Eun Lee (Cello ’18)

The Violin Channel: Joint-1st Prize Awarded at Korea’s IsangYun International Cello Competition


October 2018: Avery Fisher Prize

Leila Josefowicz (Violin ’97)

New York Times: Listen to Leila Josefowicz, the Intrepid Violinist Who Just Won $100,000


October 2018: Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, First Prize

Timothy Chooi (Violin ’17)

The Violin Channel: VC Young Artist Timothy Chooi Awarded 1st Prize at Hannover’s Joseph Joachim Competition


October 2018: Sphinx LEAD, Dean

Stanford Thompson (Trumpet ’09)

Sphinx Blog: Knight Foundation grants $1.5 million to Sphinx Organization for launch of arts leadership program


October 2018: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal Cello

Abraham Feder (Cello ’08)

Detroit Jewish News: Cellist Abraham Feder joins the DSO


October 2018: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Assistant Conductor

Junping Qian (Viola ’13)

The Violin Channel: Royal Scottish National Orchestra Announces New Assistant Conductor


September 2018: Sphinx Medal of Excellence

Joseph Conyers (Double Bass ’04)

The Strad: Double bassist to receive $50,000 award from Sphinx Organization


September 2018: International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Gold Medal

Richard Lin (Violin ’13)

Indianapolis StarRichard Lin wins gold medal at the 2018 Indianapolis violin competition


September 2018: Leeds International Piano Competition, First Prize

Eric Lu, piano student

The GuardianUS pianist Eric Lu wins top prize at Leeds competition


September 2018: Princess Astrid International Music Competition, First Prize

Yuwon Kim, conducting fellow

The Royal House of Norway: Princess Astrid International Music Competition


September 2018: Premio Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition, First Prize

Matthew Hakkarainen, violin student

The Violin Channel: Prizes Awarded at Italy’s 2018 Lipizer International Violin Competition


September 2018: Heifetz Institute, Artistic Director

Nicholas Kitchen (Violin ’90) Heifetz Institute Names Nicholas Kitchen as New Artistic Director


September 2018: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Section Viola

Michael Casimir (Viola ’18)


August 2018: Philadelphia Orchestra, Associate Principal Flute

Patrick Williams (Flute ’14)

Philadelphia Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra Appoints Two New Musicians to Flute Section for 2018-19 Season


August 2018: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster

Celeste Golden Boyer (Violin ’05)

The Violin Channel: Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra Announces New Concertmaster


August 2018: Boston Ballet, Music Director

Mischa Santora (Conducting ’97)

Boston GlobeBoston Ballet names Mischa Santora its new music director


August 2018: Oregon Symphony, Assistant Principal Bass

Braizahn Jones (Double Bass ’18)

Oregon Symphony: Braizahn Jones


August 2018: Co-Artistic Director, Marlboro Music School and Festival 

Jonathan Biss (Piano ’01), faculty member

Philadelphia InquirerPopular Philadelphian Jonathan Biss is new co-artistic director of prestigious Marlboro Music


Kansas City Symphony, Associate Principal Viola

Matthew Sinno (Viola ‘18)


August 2018: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Principal Viola

Teng Li (Viola ’05)

The Violin Channel: Los Angeles Philharmonic Announce New Principal Violist


August 2018: Verbier Festival Paternot Award

Timothy Chooi (Violin ’17)

The Strad: Timothy Chooi awarded Verbier Festival Academy’s highest honour


July 2018: Kalamazoo Symphony, Concertmaster

Jun-Ching Lin (Violin ’85)

The Violin Channel: Michigan’s Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Announces New Concertmaster


July 2018: Tokyo International Viola Competition, First Prize

Luosha Fang (Violin ’14)

The Violin Channel: Prize Winners Announced at Japan’s Tokyo International Viola Competition


July 2018: Gina Bachauer International Artists Competition, Gold Medal

Chang-Yong Shin (Piano ’16)

Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation: 2018 International Artists Competition


June 2018: Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Fellowship

David Ludwig (Composition ’01), Chair of Composition Studies, and Diane Monroe (Violin ’80)

The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage: 2018 Grantees


June 2018: Cleveland International Piano Competition, First Prize

Xiaoxuan Li, piano student CIPC Announces 2018 Prizes in Young Artists Competition


June 2018: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Principal Oboe 

William Welter (Oboe ’16)

Chicago TribuneCSO hires new principal oboe, William Welter, one of its youngest first chairs ever


June 2018: Primrose International Viola Competition, First and Second Prizes

Hae Sue Lee, viola student; Zoe Martin-Doike (Violin ’13)

The Violin Channel: 18-Year-Old Hae-Sue Lee Awarded 1st Prize at LA’s Primrose Viola Competition


June 2018: Géza Anda Competition, First Prize

Claire Huangci (Piano ’07)

Swiss Radio and Television: Claire Huangci wins the Concours Géza Anda


June 2018: Astral National Auditions, Winner

Vera Quartet, string quartet in residence, and Eric Huckins (Horn ’16)

Astral Blog: 2018 National Auditions Winners


May 2018: M-Prize Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize

Aizuri Quartet (String Quartet in Residence, 2014-16)

Strings Magazine: Aizuri Quartet Wins M-Prize Chamber Music Competition


May 2018: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Section Bass

Edward Francis-Smith (Double Bass ’18)

The Violin Channel: New York’s Met Opera Orchestra Announces New Double Bassist


May 2018: Washington National Opera, Debut

Emily Pogorelc, vocal studies student as Cunegonde in Candide

D.C. Metro Theater ArtsRising Stars: Emily Pogorelc in the Washington National Opera’s ‘Candide’


May 2018: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor

Karina Canellakis (Violin ’04)

New York TimesAfter a Last-Minute Conducting Triumph, Her Own Orchestra


May 2018: Empire State Youth Orchestra, Music Director

Carlos Ágreda (Conducting ’18)

Times Union: ESYO appoints new music director


April 2018: Music Critics Association of North America, Best New Opera of 2017

David Hertzberg (Composition ’15) for Wake World

Philadelphia InquirerOpera Philadelphia and David Hertzberg win 'best new opera' for 017 commission


March 2018: Avery Fisher Career Grant

Xavier Foley (Double Bass ’16)

Young Concert Artists, Inc.: Xavier Foley Wins 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant


March 2018: Staatskapelle Berlin, Associate Principal Second Violin

Lifan Zhu (Violin ’14)

The Violin Channel: Staatskapelle Berlin Announces New Associate Principal Second Violin


January 2018: Grammy Awards, Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Jennifer Higdon (Composition ’88) for her Viola Concerto performed by Roberto Díaz (Viola ’84)

New York TimesGrammy 2018 Winners: Full List


Photograph: Andrea Baldeck