Curtis on Tour

The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative

Curtis on Tour (Archive)

Since Curtis on Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 200 concerts in over 90 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Building upon the performance-focused learning philosophy of Curtis, the program offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performing, students also offer master classes and interactive concerts, and participate in community engagement activities. Curtis on Tour also facilitates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with professional orchestras and recital series. 

Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Tours for the 2017-18 Season

Curtis on Tour in Europe

May 16—25, 2018


HAYDN: Quartet in G major, Op. 77, No. 1 (Hob. III:81)
HSU: kenopsiac
BRAHMS: Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2



Zorá String Quartet



Paris, France: May 16
Banque de France, Galerie dorée

Salzburg, Austria: May 18
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Solitär Saal

Bremen, Germany: May 22
Die Glocke, Kleiner Saal

Berlin, Germany: May 23
Konzerthaus Berlin, Kleiner Saal

Munich, Germany: May 25
Residenz, Allerheiligen-Hofkirche


Past Tours:

Curtis on Tour Athens, Greece

Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library

September 27—30, 2017

Curtis on Tour returns to Athens, Greece, for the third year as the resident ensemble at the Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library festival, presented by the Schwarz Foundation in collaboration with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


Elena Perroni, soprano
Aaron Crouch, tenor
Michael Rusinek, clarinet (’92)
Edward Gazouleas, viola (’84)
Mikael Eliasen, piano
Pallavi Mahidhara, piano (’10)


Curtis on Tour in Latin America

September 30—October 21, 2017



PUTS: Arcana
MOZART: Grande Sestetto Concertante (after Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364)
BRAHMS: Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18



Maria Ioudenitch, violin
Andrea Obiso, violin
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)
Michael Casimir, viola
Joshua Halpern, cello
Young In Na, cello



Philadelphia: September 30 at 8 p.m.

Washington, D.C.: October 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Mexico City, Mexico: October 6 at 8:30 p.m.

Mexico City, Mexico: October 8 at 6 p.m.

MOZART   Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra 
Andrea Obiso, violin
Roberto Díaz, viola ('84)
Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata

Buenos Aires, Argentina: October 10 at 1 p.m.

Montevideo, Uruguay: October 12 at 8 p.m.

Santiago, Chile: October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Afina International is the supporting sponsor of Curtis on Tour in Santiago

Talca, Chile: October 20 at 8 p.m.

Chillán, Chile: October 21 at 7 p.m.


Curtis on Tour in Asia

March 21—24, 2018


BEETHOVEN: Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1
FAURÉ: Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15



Stephen Kim, violin 
Roberto Diaz, viola ('84)
Sydney Lee, cello 
Natalie Zhu, piano



Shanghai, China: March 21
Shanghai Concert Hall

Hong Kong: March 24
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Curtis on Tour in New England

Curtis on Tour returns to New England for a tenth season, visiting Nantucket, Falmouth, and Great Barrington, Mass. Distinguished alumni and faculty performers with international touring careers join with students about to emerge onto the world stage. Violinist Bella Hristova ('08) has been called “a player of impressive power and control” (Washington Post).  A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz ('84) combines an active performing career with leadership of Curtis. They are joined by cellist Timotheos Petrin (’17) and violinist Maria Ioudenitch for a program of string quartets by Ravel and Shostakovich. 


Nantucket, Ma., July 18 at 6 p.m. 

Nantucket, Ma., July 19 at 5:30 p.m. Lecture-Recital

Nantucket, Ma., July 21 at 12 p.m. Pop-Up Concert

Nantucket, Ma., July 22 at 7 p.m.

Falmouth, Ma., July 23 at 7:30 p.m. 

Great Barrington, Ma., July 25 at 7 p.m.  


Leonard Bernstein Centenary Celebration  |  U.S. Tour 

Curtis on Tour celebrates the centenary year of Curtis alumnus Leonard Bernstein with a program of American music, including works by Bernstein, Copland, and Gershwin. Acclaimed Curtis alumni David Shifrin (clarinet) and Dominic Armstrong (tenor) will join the Zorá String Quartet (quartet in residence) and student Jiacheng Xiong (piano) to perform a program as vibrant, bold, and diverse as America itself.


Philadelphia, February 10 at 8 p.m.

Washington, D.C.February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Davis, Calif.February 25 at 2 p.m. 

Phoenix, Ariz.February 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Stanford, Calif.March 4 at 4 p.m.

Portland, Ore.March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

La Jolla, Calif.March 11 at 3:00 p.m. 

Harrisburg, Pa.March 15 at 7:30 p.m. 

Fort Myers, Fla.March 17 at 8 p.m. 

Palm Beach, Fla.March 18 at 3 p.m.


Curtis Opera Theatre: A Quiet Place

Curtis Opera Theatre
Corrado Rovaris, conductor
Daniel Fish, director

BERNSTEIN: A Quiet Place

New York, N.Y., March 13 at 8 p.m. at the Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College


Curtis on Tour in West Chester, Pa.

Presented by Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

West Chester, Pa., April 2 at 7 p.m.
Wanchi, violin
Jordan Dodson, guitar

West Chester, Pa., April 24 at 7 p.m.
Zorá String Quartet

West Chester, Pa., May 22 at 7 p.m.
Ashley Marie Robillard, soprano
Dennis Chmelensky, baritone
Mikael Eliasen, piano

Luthersville, Md.

May 27, 2018
Chamber Music Society of Maryland

Ashley Marie Robillard, soprano
Dennis Chmelensky, baritone
Mikael Eliasen, piano


Philadelphia, Pa.

July 27, 2018
Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Michah McLaurin, piano
Philadelphia Orchestra

GERSHWIN Concerto in F


Past Professional Engagements:

The Plains, Va.

September 17, 2017
Music in the Country recital series of Washington Performing Arts

Abigail Kent, harp
Alejandro Lombo, flute

Raleigh, N.C.

September 29-30, 2017
North Carolina Symphony, Meymandi Concert Hall

Micah McLaurin, piano

RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

La Jolla, Calif.

October 21, 2017
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

Ashley Marie Robillard, soprano
Dennis Chmelensky, baritone
Mikael Eliasen, piano

WOLF Italienisches Liederbuch

New York, N.Y.

November 2, 2017
Curtis at Steinway Hall

Wei Luo, piano
Zitong Wang, piano

Santa Fe, N.M.

November 3, 2017
First Presbyterian Church

Janice Carissa, piano

Carefree, Ariz.

November 4, 2017
Christ the Lord Lutheran Church

Janice Carissa, piano

La Jolla, Calif.

November 7, 2017
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

Janice Carissa, piano

Montauk, N.Y.

November 11, 2017
John Drew Theater, Guild Hall 
Music for Montauk

Janice Carissa, piano

Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

November 12, 2017
Palos Verdes Performing Arts

Stephen Waarts, violin
Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay

PROKOVIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Washington, D.C.

November 19, 2017
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

Shannon Lee, violin
Arlen Hlusko, cello
Steven Lin, piano

BEETHOVEN Archduke Trio

New York, N.Y.

December 2, 2017
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

Chen Yi Composer Portrait

Schenectady, N.Y.

December 10, 2017
Union College Concert Series

Janice Carissa, piano


Fort Myers, Fla.

January 26, 2018
Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

Ashley Mil, soprano
Aaron Crouch, tenor
Mikael Eliasen, piano


Kansas City, MO

February 23 and 24, 2018 at 8 p.m.
February 25, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Stephen Waarts, violin
Kansas City Symphony

PROKOVIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Monterey, Calif.

March 15–19, 2018
Monterey Symphony

Conner Covington, cond.
Michael Davidman, piano

MOZART: Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K. 16
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
MOZART: Don Giovanni Overture
MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”)

Newark, N.J.

March 15-18, 2018
New Jersey Symphony

Emily Pogorelc
Kendra Broom
Roy Hage
Doğukan Kuran

MOZART: Requiem

Schenectady, N.Y.

March 18, 2018
Union College Concert Series

Emma Resmini, flute
Michelle Cann, piano

La Jolla, Calif.

March 23, 2018
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library

Wanchi, violin
Jordan Dodson, guitar

Shoreline, Wash.

March 25, 2018
Florence Henry Memorial Chapel

Wanchi, violin
Jordan Dodson, guitar

Raleigh, N.C.

April 19–20, 2018
North Carolina Symphony, Meymandi Concert Hall

George Fu, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23

Louisville, Ky.

April 27–28, 2018
Louisville Orchestra

Andrew Hsu, piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4

Curtis Symphony Orchestra Tour of Europe, 2017

The most ambitious sojourn for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in nearly two decades took place in May 2017. Covering nine cities in eighteen days, the orchestra's 2017 European tour was packed with music-making, rehearsals, and on-the-ground learning. Students marveled at the acoustics and décor of classic old-world concert palaces and ultra-modern symphony halls, and reveled in their collaboration with renowned artists, including Osmo Vänskä, Benjamin Schmid (Violin '91), Roberto Díaz (Viola '84), and Peter Serkin (Piano '64). 

The tour started in Helsinki with a two-day residency at the Sibelius Academy; then the orchestra was off to Germany, with concerts in Bremen, Berlin, and Dresden. A quick flyover to London was unexpectedly extended, giving the musicians a free day to roam the British capital before boarding a chartered plane to Salzburg, with a "run-out" to Vienna. The tour concluded in Poland, with performances in Wrocław and Lusławice at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music. 

Rave Reviews Student Perspectives

Annual Presenters

Curtis on Tour is proud to be presented annually by:

Live at Rose Lehrman, Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (Davis, Calif.)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
Philharmonische Gesellschaft Bremen (Bremen, Germany) 
Union College Concert Series (Schenectady, N.Y.) 

Curtis on Tour is proud to manage annual soloist engagements for Curtis students and alumni with the following orchestras:

Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.)
Louisville Orchestra (Louisville, Ky.)
New Jersey Symphony (Newark, N.J.)
Kansas City Symphony (Kansas City, Mo.)

For more information about Curtis on Tour or to discuss booking opportunities on a concert series, contact:

Andrew Lane, managing director of Curtis on Tour
(215) 717-3124,