The Curtis strings department integrates new students into the full musical life of the school from the moment they arrive.

Working with distinguished artist-faculty members, string players study solo repertoire and concertos, orchestral repertoire, and chamber music.

Curtis aims to educate and train musicians for 21st-century careers as performers on the highest professional level, through a unique "learn by doing" approach. Students can expect to perform often on the Student Recital Series and in other school-sponsored recitals from the beginning of their Curtis careers.

Applicants who are admitted enter either the Bachelor of Music program or the diploma program. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.










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String Faculty


Shmuel Ashkenasi

Pamela Frank, Herbert R. and Evelyn Axelrod chair in violin studies

Midori, Dorothy Richard Starling chair in violin studies

Ida Kavafian, Nina von Maltzahn chair in violin studies

Arnold Steinhardt


Misha Amory

Roberto Díaz, James and Betty Matarese chair in viola studies

Hsin-Yun Huang


Gary Hoffman, Nina and Billy Albert chair in cello studies

Peter Wiley, Bruce Jay Gould, M.D. chair

Double Bass

Edgar Meyer

Harold Hall Robinson, A. Margaret Bok chair in double bass studies 

Chamber Music

Steven Tenenbom