Premiere: Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library

Νύχτες Κλασικής Μουσικής στη Γεννάδειο Βιβλιοθήκη

In lieu of the live concerts that had been planned for this year’s Nights of Classical Music at the Gennadius Library, Curtis on Tour offers a free virtual performance featuring artists who have appeared at the festival since its inaugural year in 2015. Curtis on Tour is the resident ensemble at the festival, which is presented by the Schwarz Foundation and the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Στη θέση των ζωντανών συναυλιών που είχαν προγραμματισθεί για το φετινό φεστιβάλ Νύχτες Κλασικής Μουσικής στη Γεννάδειο Βιβλιοθήκη, το Curtis on Tour προσφέρει μία διαδικτυακή παράσταση παρουσιάζοντας καλλιτέχνες που έχουν εμφανιστεί στο φεστιβάλ από το 2015, χρονιά που ξεκίνησε ο θεσμός αυτός. Το Curtis on Tour είναι το μόνιμο σχήμα του φεστιβάλ, που διοργανώνεται από το Ίδρυμα Schwarz και τη Γεννάδειο Βιβλιοθήκη της Αμερικανικής Σχολής Κλασικών Σπουδών στην Αθήνα.



Schwarz Foundation logo       Gennadius Library logo



All performances recorded in Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

* Indicates a previous festival artist


STRAUSS       Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
  Eunice Kim, violin
  Marié Rossano, violin
  Born Lau, viola
  Roberto Díaz, viola *
  Oliver Aldort, cello 
  Timotheos Petrin, cello *

Performed on Tuesday, September 16, 2014


BRAHMS          Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
  Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano
  Roberto Díaz, viola *
  Mikael Eliasen, piano *

Performed on Friday, January 15, 2016


YANG                     Five Minahan Songs
  Dennis Chmelensky, baritone *
  Jean Kim, cello *

Performed on Saturday, April 14, 2018


BRAGA                  Cinco Canções Nordestinas do Folclore Brasileiro
  Sophia Hunt, soprano *
  Grant Loehnig, piano

Performed on Tuesday, December 11, 2018


BEETHOVEN       Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No. 2
  Oliver Herbert, cello *
  Xiaohui Yang, piano *

Performed on Tuesday, April 9, 2019


About Curtis on Tour 

Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Grounded in the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, tours feature extraordinary emerging artists alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, musicians offer master classes, educational programs, and community engagement activities while on tour. Curtis on Tour also manages solo engagements for Curtis artists with professional orchestras and presenters. Since the program was established in 2008, Curtis on Tour ensembles have performed more than 375 concerts in over 100 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


Save the Date 

Curtis on Tour returns to Athens in September 2021, with a program featuring Liza Ferschtman (Violin ’00) and Edward Gazouleas (Viola ’84). They 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 the tour. Information will continue to be updated here.


A Look Back

We take a look back at the artists who have performed at the festival in its first five years. 


August 21–25, 2015

Ashley Milanese, soprano
Thomas Shivone, bass-baritone
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Mikael Eliasen, piano
Alexander Ullman, piano



September 28–October 1, 2016

Nigel Armstrong, violin 
Roberto Díaz, viola 
Jean Kim, cello 
Jason Vieaux, guitar
Leon McCawley, piano


September 27–30, 2017

Elena Perroni, soprano
Aaron Crouch, tenor
Edward Gazouleas, viola
Michael Rusinek, clarinet
Mikael Eliasen, piano
Pallavi Mahidhara, piano



September 26–29, 2018

Sophia Hunt, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Beyer, baritone
Claire Bourg, violin
Edward Gazouleas, viola
Oliver Herbert, cello
Mikael Eliasen, piano
Xiaohui Yang, piano


September 18–21, 2019

Elizabeth Reiter, soprano
Dennis Chmelensky, baritone
Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin
Chase Park, cello
Janice Carissa, piano
Mikael Eliasen, piano