Curtis on Tour
The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative
Leading artists of tomorrow touring the world today
Curtis on Tour features extraordinary emerging professional artists performing alongside celebrated faculty and alumni. Grounded in Curtis’s “learn by doing” philosophy and steeped in the school’s distinguished history of artistic excellence, this innovative global touring initiative is an integral component of a Curtis education.
For more than 10 years, Curtis on Tour artists and ensembles have delighted audiences around the globe with performances that are “exhilarating from beginning to end” (Washington Post).
Tour offerings include:
- Worldwide tours offered year-round
Chamber ensembles with diverse and compelling offerings, including: standard instrumentation and programs; unique mixed ensembles performing repertoire that is rarely toured; and new works commissioned specifically for Curtis on Tour
- Large ensembles, including the Curtis Chamber Orchestra and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, performing with leading international conductors and soloists
- Emerging artists and established alumni performing as soloists with professional orchestras and presenters (see upcoming Professional Engagements)
- Ensembles and soloists representing all Programs of Study at Curtis
Winds and Strings
Renowned violinist Erin Keefe (’03), concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra and Curtis faculty member, joins dynamic conductor, clarinetist, and composer Osmo Vänskä and Curtis’s extraordinary emerging professional musicians for a tour of North America. Built around the septet version of Sibelius’s evocative tone poem En Saga, this eclectic program features cherished classics by Mozart and Sibelius, alongside striking early twentieth-century works such as Dohnányi’s string trio, Serenade in C major, and Schulhoff’s fiery, folk-influenced Concertino for flute, viola, and double bass.
Acclaimed violinist and Curtis faculty member Benjamin Beilman (’12) joins former Dover Quartet violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (Viola ’10, ’11), award-winning cellist Oliver Herbert (’19), and emerging professional artists from Curtis for a North American tour. This phenomenal sextet of distinguished Curtis faculty and alumni, alongside exceptionally gifted young musicians, presents an electrifying concert of curated selections, both old and new. The program includes Richard Strauss’s masterful Sextet from his final opera Capriccio, Berg’s colorful and chromatic Piano Sonata in B minor, Brahms’s exhilarating String Sextet No. 2 in G major, and a new work commissioned for this tour.
Prize-winning violinist Richard Lin (’13) and Roberto Díaz (’84), internationally acclaimed violist and president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, join masterful cellist Gary Hoffman, the Nina and Billy Albert Chair in Cello Studies at Curtis, and celebrated virtuoso pianist Steven Lin (’15) for a tour of Asia in the fall of 2023. An exciting concert of iconic works and audience favorites, the program features Haydn’s playful and pensive Piano Trio No. 28 in D major, Schumann’s sweeping, energetic Piano Quartet in E-flat major, and Brahms’s dramatic “Werther” Quartet. This majestic, brooding tour-de-force for piano and chamber ensemble was inspired by Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther.
Upcoming Tours & Performances
Eric Owens and Singers from the Curtis Opera Theatre
Emerging professional artists from the Curtis Opera Theatre join bass-baritone Eric Owens, director of vocal studies and the Curtis Opera Theatre. Sharing the stage with their mentor, these rising stars of the operatic stage will perform gems from the lieder and song repertoire and favorite operatic arias and ensemble pieces.
The Soldier’s Tale
A thrilling tale of trickery and magic, Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat comes to life through an ensemble of musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music. “One of the world’s leading music academies” (BBC Culture), Curtis’s performers team up with beloved actor and narrator John de Lancie, who voices the characters; award-winning performer David Shifrin (Clarinet ’71); and prominent recitalist Soovin Kim (Violin ’99). The program, designed for audiences in North America, also features works by Penderecki, Poulenc, and Curtis alumnus Viet Cuong.
U.S. West Coast
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
The Curtis Symphony Orchestra brings a youthful exuberance to new audiences in its first-ever U.S. West Coast tour. Under the direction of Osmo Vänskä, who previously led the ensemble in U.S. East Coast and European tours, the talented young musicians of Curtis showcase sparkling virtuosity and masterful artistry. They are joined on the program by piano sensation Yefim Bronfman, one of the newest additions to the faculty, in award-winning interpretations from the concerto repertoire.
Following a highly successful Fall 2021 tour of Europe, where it garnered acclaim for “precision and feverish intensity” (Greece’s EfSyn), Trio Zimbalist returns to Europe with Curtis on Tour in Spring 2023. Don’t miss this chance to witness the latest addition to Curtis’s artist management initiative and hear iconic works from the piano trio repertoire.
In addition to national and international tours, Curtis on Tour manages professional performance engagements for Curtis students and recent graduates, providing emerging artists with the matchless experience of appearing with leading ensembles and presenting organizations.
Professional engagements are added on a rolling basis as they are confirmed.
Sept. 23-25 | Denver, CO | Denver Young Concert Artist Orchestra
Nathan Lee, piano
Sept. 27 | Salida, CO | Walden Chamber Music Society
Nathan Lee, piano
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 | Jacksonville, FL | Jacksonville Symphony
Tianxu An, piano
Oct. 9 | Madison, WI | Salon Piano Series
Janice Carissa, piano
Oct. 23 | Mexico City, Mexico | UNAM
Hoi Leong Cheong, piano
Nov. 12 | Philadelphia, PA | Woodmere Art Museum
Avery Gagliano, piano
Nov. 13 | Washington, DC | Washington Performing Arts “Music in the Country”
Nov. 13 | Virginia Beach, VA | Symphonicity (Sandler Center for the Performing Arts)
Robert Conquer, trombone
Nov. 19 | Wichita, KS | Wichita Symphony
Curtis Student Singers, TBD
Dec. 4-7 | Mexico City, Mexico | UNAM
Dennis Chmelensky, baritone
Dec. 10 & 11 | Tucson, AZ | Tucson Symphony
Joseph Tancredi, tenor
Jan. 21 | Sacramento, CA | Sacramento Philharmonic
Janice Carissa, piano
Feb. 4 | Fort Collins, CO | Fort Collins Symphony
Avery Gagliano, piano
Feb. 18 | Lewes, DE | Coastal Concerts
Viano String Quartet & Roberto Díaz, viola
Mar. 2 | West Palm Beach, FL | Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Janice Carissa, piano
Mar. 4 & 5 | Hagerstown, MD | Maryland Symphony (Maryland Theatre)
Avery Gagliano, piano
Mar. 18 | Tacoma, WA | Symphony Tacoma (Pantages Theater)
Janice Carissa, piano
Mar. 31-Apr. 2 | Kansas City, MO | Kansas City Symphony (Kauffman Center, Helzberg Hall)
Ray Ushikubo, piano
Apr. 15 | Akron, OH | Akron Symphony (EJ Thomas Hall)
Amanda Bottoms, mezzo-soprano
*This engagement is under artist self-management
May 6-7 | Traverse City, MI | Traverse Symphony Recital Series
Maya Buchanan, violin
Since Curtis on Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 375 concerts in over 20 countries and 100 cities, across four continents.
Artist share stories and photos from the road, presenters share select video and audio recordings, and local press share concert reviews in this sampling of content from select tours.
2022: Cello Quintet—U.S.
2021: Piano Trio—Europe
2019: Piano Quartet—Europe
2019: Vocal Quartet—U.S.
2018: Piano Quartet—U.S.
2018: Zorá Quartet—Europe
01 - 14 The Curtis Symphony Orchestra closed its February 2020 tour of the United States in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.
02 - 14 Members of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra break from rehearsal at Carnegie Hall in February 2020.
03 - 14 Soloist Jonathan Biss (Piano '01) led a master class at Virginia Tech, among other universities, as part of an East Coast tour with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Winter 2020.
04 - 14 A clarinet trio performs for a full house in Santiago, Chile in June 2019.
05 - 14 In 2019 Jordan Dodson (Guitar '13), Maria Loudenitch (Violin '18), and cellist Albert Seo performed at the Siasconset Casino, a perennial stop for Curtis on Tour in Nantucket.
06 - 14 A quartet of vocalists, accompanied by faculty pianists Mikael Eliasen and Miloš Repický, performed at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco during a Spring 2019 tour. (Photo: Martyn Selman)
07 - 14 Members of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra warm up backstage at Qualcomm Hall in San Diego before a performance in Spring 2015.
08 - 14 A quartet featuring Grammy Award-winning guitarist and faculty member Jason Vieaux performed at venues in Greece and Asia in October 2016. (Photo provided by Sun-ae Kang)
09 - 14 Fiddlefest in April 2017, led by faculty member Ida Kavafian, included a tour stop at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. (Photo: Andrew Lane)
10 - 14 The Curtis Symphony Orchestra performs at Berlin's Konzerthaus during a nine-city European tour in May 2017. (Photo: Kai Bienert)
11 - 14 The Curtis Symphony Orchestra performs at a new venue in Dresden, Germany during a nine-city European tour in May 2017, with alumnus Peter Serkin as piano soloist. (Photo: Oliver Killig)
12 - 14 A mixed ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists performs at the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece in September 2017. Curtis on Tour ensembles appear annually at this festival. (Photo: Manos Skoularikos)
13 - 14 A piano quartet performed works by Brahms and Fauré in European venues in May 2019, including the first Curtis on Tour appearance in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo: David Swanson)
14 - 14 Curtis Symphony Orchestra members explore the area following a rehearsal in Dresden in 2012. (Photo: Jennifer Kallend)
Enjoy a selection of performance highlights by Curtis on Tour artists and representative ensembles. Open each video in YouTube for performance details.
U.S. Tour: Vera Quartet and Meng-Chieh Liu
Asia Tour: Flute, Piano, and Strings
U.S. Tour: Woodwinds and Strings Ensemble
Europe Tour: Voice and Strings Ensemble
Student Recital: January 2016 in Philadelphia
About Curtis on Tour
Enjoy a selection of audio recordings, including repertoire performed for Curtis on Tour, as well as works performed by chamber ensembles and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to touring activities, Curtis faculty and alumni have created several online lectures, free and available on demand at Curtis.edu/Coursera.
Curtis was the first conservatory to offer a massive open online course (MOOC) on Coursera. Since launching in 2013, Curtis courses have reached a global music community of more than 150,000 people in 185 countries.
Curtis Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.: Winter 2020
Durham, N.C. | CVNC: February 6, 2020
“The Curtis Symphony Orchestra is a young classical ensemble, uniquely gifted and well-trained, advancing in experience every day. Add a renowned conductor like Vänskä and a world-class pianist like Biss and you have an extraordinary concert experience. Those who braved the rainy, stormy night were richly rewarded.”
Vera Quartet and Meng-Chieh Liu in the U.S.: Fall 2019–Spring 2020
Rockport, Mass. | The Boston Musical Intelligencer: November 11, 2019
“Meng-Chieh Liu…wove magic into every note (or bundle of notes) he sent our way.”
“The [Vera Quartet] made the most of Beethoven’s dramatic contrasts…”
Flute, Guitar, and Strings in New England: July 2019
Kingston, R.I. | Providence Journal: July 24, 2019
The touring ensemble opened the Kingston Chamber Music Festival on July 24, 2019 to great reviews, including this one from the Providence Journal, which characterized the concert as a “virtuosic showdown,” adding that “Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango” came to life magnificently” and “[Joshua] Smith gorgeously dispatched the Mozart.”
Clarinet Trio in Latin America: June 2019
Santiago, Chile | CNN Chile: June 26, 2019
President Roberto Díaz appeared on television as part of a tour to Latin America, which included stops in his home country of Chile. (Interview begins at 15:44)
Reñaca, Chile | Tell Magazine: June 2019
President Díaz was also featured in print.
Piano Quartet in the U.S.: October 2018
Miami, Fla. | South Florida Classical Review: October 26, 2018
“With their handling of the shifts between determined attacks and tender, blossoming notes, the musicians brought Brahms’ sprawling score to life.”
Piano Quartet in Asia: March 2018
Hong Kong | Chamber Muse: March 30, 2018
“Joined by alumnae pianist Natalie Zhu, the Curtis kicked off the Fauré quartet with turbulent emotion, full of swirling musical ideas.”
Leonard Bernstein Centenary Celebration Tour: Spring 2018
Palm Beach, Fla | Palm Beach Daily News: March 19, 2018
“The quartet did a great job of moving together. In a piece that is easily too sentimental, this group played with the right amount of sincerity.”
String Sextet in Latin America: Fall 2017
Santiago, Chile | El Mercurio: October 21, 2017
“The scherzo, which seems to pay homage to Beethoven’s humor, and the final rondo were exquisite at the hands of this group of teacher and disciples.”
Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Europe: Summer 2017
Bremen, Germany | Bremer Nachrichten: May 24, 2017
“There is no need to mention this brilliant youth orchestra’s flexible modulation and intuitive musicality…They also gave an impressive performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. Lush sound and subtle rhythmic motor skills led to an electrifying night of music.”
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Advancing for Confirmed Engagements
Manager of Touring Operations
Booking Representative, Europe
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