Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Curtis on Tour has postponed its tour to Europe in Fall 2020. We hope to reschedule for Fall 2021 and information will be updated as it becomes available.
Liza Ferschtman (Violin ’00) and faculty member Edward Gazouleas (Viola ’84) are joined by emerging artists to perform favorite string quintets of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, and a work by Michael Djupstrom (Composition ’11) commissioned specifically for this tour.
Renowned for her strong musical personality and versatility, Liza Ferschtman has been praised in the New York Times for the “laserlike intensity, purity, and refined beauty of her playing." Since winning the Dutch Music Award in 2006, she has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the Budapest Festival Orchestra; the Dallas, Flanders, Munich, and Toledo symphonies; and the Brussels, Jalisco, London, Netherlands Stuttgart Philharmonic, and Warsaw philharmonics. She is a passionate chamber musician who regularly appears in the world’s greatest recital venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, among others. She has also been artistic director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival since 2007.
Ms. Ferschtman’s impressive discography for Challenge Classics includes concertos by Beethoven, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, and Korngold; Bernstein’s Serenade; and several recital CDs. Her recordings have consistently received glowing reviews in the international press. She studied with Philip Hirschhorn and Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam, Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, and David Takeno in London.
Edward Gazouleas was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 24 years and led the viola section on many occasions, notably with conductors such as Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, and James Levine. While in Boston, he was active in orchestra governance, chairing the orchestra’s artistic advisory committee and serving on the search committee that selected Andris Nelsons to be the orchestra’s music director. Previously he was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
As a chamber music performer, Mr. Gazouleas has appeared with members of the Fine Arts, Pacifica, Muir, and Audubon string quartets, among others. A prize-winner at the Eighth International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France, he has also collaborated with such artists as Christian Tetzlaff, Roberto Díaz, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and the principal string players of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is professor of viola at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and has also served on the faculties of Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College, and New England Conservatory.
Mr. Gazouleas is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle. He also attended Yale University.
Cherry Choi Tung Yeung, from Hong Kong, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2019 and studies violin with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Yeung is the Jack Wolgin Fellow.
Ms. Yeung won first prize at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition in 2018, prompting engagements with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini di Pesaro in Italy. Her other competition awards include second prize of the Juilliard Brahms Violin Concerto Competition in 2017, winner of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concerto Competition in 2014 and 2015, second prize of the Schoenfeld International String Competition in 2013, and first prize of the Hong Kong Youth String Competition in 2009. In 2018 she was named a New York Philharmonic Global Academy Zarin Mehta Fellow.
Ms. Yeung has performed with the New York Philharmonic; Hong Kong Academy, New World, and Princeton symphony orchestras; Symphony in C; New Jersey Festival Orchestra; and as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Juilliard School Orchestra. She has attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount School of Music, and New York String Orchestra Seminar, among other festivals and programs.
Ms. Yeung holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where she finished both degrees within 4 years. She previously attended the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Her former teachers include Ivan Chan and Michael Ma.
In her spare time, Ms. Yeung enjoys reading, swimming, cooking, and watching Marvel films.
Hae Sue Lee, from Seoul, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013 and studies viola with Roberto Díaz. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Lee is the Lyn M. Ross Annual Fellow.
Ms. Lee has performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center, Ensemble 212 in New York,the Prince George’s Philharmonic, and the Emirate Youth Symphony Orchestra; and performed the solo viola role in Don Quixote with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. She has given solo recitals as part of the Kumho Prodigy series and as a Rising Star of the Korean Culture Center in Paris.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Lee has participated in the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, Banff Music Festival, Great Mountains Music Festival, Malaysian International Children’s Arts Festival, and the Emirates International Peace Music Festival She has shared the stage with such distinguished artists as Miriam Fried, Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, and Peter Wiley. As an orchestral musician she has also participated in the KNIGA Symphony Orchestra, Emirate Youth Symphony Orchestra, Summit Music Festival Youth Orchestra, Great Mountains Music Festival and School, Summit Music Festival, and Verbier Festival Academy.
Ms. Lee has received many awards, including first prize and the audience prize at the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition, first place at the Johansen International Competition, first prize in the 2011 Alexander and Buono String Competition in New York, and the bronze medal in the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition. She was also named the 2011 Kumho Prodigy.
Jiyeon Kim, from Seongnam, South Korea, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2019 and studies cello with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Kim is a Curtis Institute of Music Fellow.
Ms. Kim won first prize of the David Popper International Cello Competition in 2015. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Seocho and Gangnam symphony orchestras and the Orchestral Ensemble Seoul. She attended the Morningside Music Bridge in 2016 and 2017, and performed with the Seoul Baroque Ensemble in 2017.
Before coming to Curtis, Ms. Kim attended the Korea National University of Arts. She previously studied with Kangho Lee. She began playing cello at age eight.
New commission (title TBD)
Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18
Quintet in C major, Op. 29