Curtis on Tour: Curtis Chamber Orchestra

Violist Tabea Zimmerman collaborates with a chamber orchestra of Curtis musicians for a residency and United States tour in January 2021. Ms. Zimmerman will lead the group and serve as a soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364 with fellow soloist Pamela Frank (Violin ’89). Also on the program are Britten’s Lachrymae, Op. 48a and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major. Op. 48.



Tabea Zimmermann, winner of the international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2020, considers herself “a musician who plays the viola.” She is widely acknowledged for her enthusiasm in communicating her love of music to audiences, her deep musical understanding, and her personal charisma. Her work with orchestras is also guided by the ideals of her experience as a chamber musician.

As a soloist Ms. Zimmermann regularly performs with the most distinguished orchestras worldwide. She was artist in residence of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2019–20 and of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2020–21. She has also held residencies with Ensemble Resonanz, the Frankfurter Museums-Gesellschaft, and the Bamberg Symphony, among others. She has inspired numerous composers to write for the viola and has introduced many new works into the standard concert and chamber music repertoire. Her artistry is documented on approximately 50 CDs.

Ms. Zimmermann studied with Ulrich Koch at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and with Sandor Vegh at the Mozarteum Salzburg. She has held teaching posts at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken and Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt. Since October 2002, she has been a professor at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik. She plays an instrument built for her by Patrick Robin.


Pamela Frank, a 1989 Curtis graduate, has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. She has performed regularly with today's most distinguished soloists and ensembles, including the orchestras of Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Baltimore; the Berlin, St. Petersburg, and Israel philharmonics; the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; and the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich.

As a recitalist, she has performed in the major cities of the world. A sought-after chamber musician, she has appeared at many international festivals, including Aldeburgh, Verbier, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Marlboro and Ravinia. Her chamber music projects include performances with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, the late Peter Serkin, and her father, the late pianist Claude Frank; and frequent appearances with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Musicians from Marlboro. In 1999 she was awarded a coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

With Claude Frank, she recorded the complete Beethoven sonata cycle for Music Masters Classics and an all-Schubert disc. For Sony Classical Ms. Frank recorded the Chopin Piano Trio and Schubert Trout Quintet with Mr. Ax and Mr. Ma. On Decca she has recorded all of the Mozart violin concertos, the Dvorak concerto, and, with Peter Serkin, the complete Brahms sonata cycle. 

Since 2008 Ms. Frank has been the artistic director of the Evnin Rising Stars, a mentoring program for young artists at Caramoor Center for the Arts. Her newest venture is the formation of Fit as a Fiddle Inc., a collaboration with physical therapist Howard Nelson in which they use both their expertise for injury prevention and treatment of musicians. 

Ms. Frank joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1996. 

The Curtis Chamber Orchestra has been praised for its “great elegance and style” (Washington Post). The ensemble has toured the United States and Asia, performing classic works and award-winning commissions under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mark Russell Smith, and Robert Spano, among other eminent conductors. In Philadelphia the ensemble appears regularly at home at the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s concert series. Recent tour venues include Zankel Hall and the Miller Theatre (New York); the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, and Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.); and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia).




Sinfonia Concertante in E-­flat major, K. 364


Lachrymae, Op. 48a


Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48



Philadelphia, Pa.
Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater
Presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

New York, N.Y.
Wednesday, January 13 at 7 p.m.
92nd Street Y
Presented by 92nd Street Y

Durham, N.C.
Friday, January 15 at 8 p.m.
Duke University, Baldwin Auditorium
Presented by Duke Performances

Washington, D.C.
Sunday, January 17 at 3:30 p.m.
National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court
Presented by the National Gallery of Art


Additional performances to be added