“Curtis takes great pride in the large number of its students who have achieved world renown. Equally, Curtis is proud of its many students who may not have achieved a similar degree of fame but who, in various roles, have brought music, intelligently understood and discriminatingly presented, to innumerable communities and thereby have helped cheer the heart and raise the spirits of countless people.”
This introduction to Curtis's 50th-anniversary book, Overtones—written in 1974 by M. Todd Cooke, Curtis's board president at the time—is as true now as it was then.
Curtis alumni, having experienced extraordinary one-on-one training and valuable performance opportunities as students, go on to invent careers with impact around the world and in their communities.
Violinist Jennifer Koh explores a broad and eclectic repertoire while promoting diversity and inclusivity in classical music.
Soprano Amanda Majeski makes every experience count.
Pianist Lambert Orkis strives to transport listeners each time he plays.
Violin alumna Karina Canellakis has become a compelling, and award-winning, presence on the podium.
For organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs, advocacy and artistry go hand in hand.
|Chicago Symphony Orchestra||7% Curtis alumni, 4 principal chairs held by alumni|
|Houston Symphony||8%, 4 principals|
|Atlanta Symphony Orchestra||10%, 5 principals, music director Robert Spano|
|Dallas Symphony Orchestra||11%, 5 principals|
|Seattle Symphony||13%, 4 principals|
|National Symphony Orchestra||14%, 3 principals|
|Boston Symphony Orchestra||17%, 4 principals|
|New York Philharmonic||18%, 4 principals, music director Alan Gilbert|
|Minnesota Orchestra||19%, 5 principals|
|Pittsburgh Symphony||19%, 5 principals|
|Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra||30%, 3 principals|
45%, 4 principals
Bavarian State Opera
Canadian Opera Company
English National Opera
Glydenbourne Festival Opera
Houston Grand Opera
Teatro alla Scala
Los Angeles Opera
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Opera National de Paris
Royal Opera London
San Francisco Opera
Santa Fe Opera
Vienna State Opera
Washington National Opera
Berklee College of Music
Curtis Institute of Music
Eastman School of Music
The Harmony Effect
New England Conservatory
Manhattan School of Music
Mannes School of Music
Philadelphia Orchestra Teaching Artists
Play on, Philly!
Seoul National University
USC Thornton School of Music
"Curtis is the most loving, caring, and supportive community I have been in so far. It is a place to explore your playing, learn from your talented peers, play together, and have fun. Most importantly, it is a place where you can feel perfectly safe to make mistakes—which is crucial to your growth as an artist."
“During high school, I was always at my teacher’s side, asking ‘What do I do next?’ All of a sudden, after entering Curtis, I was left alone, in a way, to figure out how to make music on my own. Ultimately, here you learn how to figure things out for yourself. At the same time, everyone at Curtis wants you to improve, and you end up feeding off of each other.”
“There wasn’t a single course at Curtis that was not valuable. All the teachers cared about what they were doing, and I think that’s something to be treasured. I learned to make music at Curtis in a way that was full of love: love for the music, and a passion to communicate that love to any listener … It has that youthful spirit to it, and consequently, optimism.”
“Here at Curtis, there’s no dogma. ... We help the students develop the true sense of their personalities. Our students have success not because they play just like me or Edgar [Meyer], but because we give them the information and the confidence to have their own voice. You won’t find two students here that are the same. I’m really proud of that.”
“Mikael Eliasen was the biggest influence. He is genuine, and what he asks of singers is genuineness and individuality. For that, I’m really thankful to him. … It’s easy to develop only the technical side of things and produce opera stars. And I don’t think that is what Mikael does. He doesn’t produce opera stars, he produces artists.”