From a triumphant orchestra tour of nine European cities to Curtis students and alumni winning the Van Cliburn Competition and receiving Avery Fisher Career Grants, the 2016–17 season was certainly a year of high notes. In 2016–17 Curtis was also delighted to announce the appointment of its newest faculty member, famed violinist Midori, and honored to be included in a worldwide survey of twelve top performing organizations in the book Powerhouse.

Here, you can enjoy a selection of musical highlights from the past season, including orchestra, opera, and chamber music. For even more memorable performances, visit Curtis on YouTube, where you'll find weekly video releases and live recital broadcasts every Friday night during the season.

We hope you’ll enjoy this look at last season, and stay connected with Curtis as we continue to achieve great things in 2017–18. Be sure to follow @CurtisInstitute on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to stay up-to-date on all the latest news and performances this season.

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BERNSTEIN  Overture to Candide
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Ágreda, conductor
February 5, 2017; Verizon Hall
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Emma Resmini, flute
October 30, 2016; Gould Rehearsal Hall
Curtis Institute of Music

RAVEL  Introduction et allegro
Lydia Roth, flute
Slavko Popovic, clarinet
Brandon Garbot, violin
Grace Clifford, violin
En-Chi Cheng, viola
Joshua Halpern, cello
Abigail Kent, harp
February 10, 2017; Field Concert Hall
Curtis Institute of Music

DiBERARDINO  Ornithopter
The Brass Project:
    Steven Franklin, trumpet
    Caleb Wiebe, trumpet
    Eric Huckins, horn
    János Sutyák, trombone
    Guangwei Fan, trombone
    Andrew Doub, tuba
    Nick DiBerardino, conductor
March 25, 2017; Gould Rehearsal Hall
Curtis Institute of Music

BRAHMS  Finale from Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
Maria Ioudenitch, violin
Andrea Obiso, violin
Matthew Sinno, viola
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Chelsea Wang, piano
April 11, 2017; Field Concert Hall
Curtis Institute of Music

PIAZZOLLA  "Primavera porteña," from Cuatro estaciones porteñas
Alec Holcomb, guitar
April 28, 2017; Field Concert Hall
Curtis Institute of Music

GLASS  From String Quartet No. 5:

Zorá String Quartet
March 25, 2017; Gould Rehearsal Hall,
Curtis Institute of Music

BRAHMS  Adagio from Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Peter Serkin, piano
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
May 23, 2017, Konzerthaus Berlin, Grosser Saal

ADAMS  From Doctor Atomic:
                 "Am I in your light?"

                 "Batter my heart"
Siena Licht Miller, mezzo-soprano
Johnathan McCullough, baritone
Curtis Opera Theatre
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Myers, conductor
March 4, 2017; Perelman Theater
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


Learn more about some of the 2016–17 season's most compelling stories:

EUROPEAN TOUR | The Curtis Symphony orchestra’s eighteen-day tour in summer 2017 took the students, conductor Osmo Vänskä, and distinguished soloists to nine European cities, garnering rave reviews and generating meaningful memories for the students.

PRIZES AND AWARDS | Among the many honors earned by Curtis students and alumni in 2016–17 were the gold medal and bronze medal at the Van Cliburn Competition—won by pianists Yekwon Sunwoo (’11) and Daniel Hsu, respectively—and three of the four prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grants for 2017, going to violinist Stephen Waarts (’16), pianist Haochen Zhang (’12), and the Dover Quartet (’16).

A HIGH-PERFORMANCE ORGANIZATION | Curtis was one of twelve top organizations worldwide cited in the new management book Powerhouse (KoganPage). The study profiles such renowned institutions as the Mayo Clinic, the U.S. Marine Corps, Doctors Without Borders, and the St. Louis Cardinals alongside Curtis.

PEERLESS FACULTY | In 2016–17 Curtis announced the appointment of celebrated violinist Midori to its faculty, which is already renowned for its high proportion of eminent performing artists. Midori joins the faculty roster in 2018.