Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Europe

May 20–June 2, 2017


About the Tour

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.

From the road

Rave Reviews

Student Perspectives


BRAHMS Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 15
PENDERECKI, Concerto doppio for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

BERSNTEIN Overture to Candide (encore)
PROKOFIEV March from The Love for Three Oranges (encore)


Helsinki, Finland
May 20 at the Helsinki Music Centre
Presented by the Sibelius Academy

Bremen, Germany
May 22 at Die Glocke, Grosser Saal
Presented by the Philharmonische Gesellschaft Bremen

Berlin, Germany
May 23 at Konzerthaus Berlin, Grosser Saal
Presented in cooperation with Young Euro Classic

Dresden, Germany
May 24 at Kulturpalast Dresden
Presented by the Dresden Music Festival

London, England
May 26 at Cadogan Hall

Salzburg, Austria
May 29 at Mozarteum, Grosser Saal
Presented by Kulturvereinigung in cooperation with Mozarteum University Salzburg

Vienna, Austria
May 30 at Wiener Konzerthaus, Grosser Saal
Presented by Jeunesse

Wroclaw, Poland
May 31 at National Forum of Music
Presented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association

Lusławice, Poland
June 2 at Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music
Presented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association in cooperation with the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music