Piano

The Curtis piano department integrates new students into the full musical life of the school from the moment they arrive.

Working with distinguished artist-faculty members, pianists study solo repertoire and concertos, as well as chamber music.

Curtis aims to educate and train musicians for 21st-century careers as performers on the highest professional level, through a unique “learn by doing” approach. Students can expect to perform often on the Student Recital Series and in other school-sponsored recitals from the beginning of their Curtis careers.

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Curriculum

Applicants who are admitted enter either the Bachelor of Music or Master of Music programs, or the diploma programs. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.

Audition Requirements

In order to be considered for a live audition, applicants must submit a prescreening video together with their application. Applicants will be notified in January of their live-audition status.

Prescreening

Applicants must submit a video of the following:

  • A complete work of J.S. Bach
  • One of the sonatas listed below, complete:
    • Any Mozart sonata (except K. 545)
    • Any Beethoven sonata (except Op. 49)
    • Any of these five Haydn sonatas:
      • A flat major, Hob. XVI:46, L. 31
      • C minor, Hob. XVI:20, L. 33
      • E flat major, Hob. XVI:49, L. 59
      • C major, Hob. XVI:50, L. 60
      • E flat major, Hob. XVI:52, L. 62
  • One slow (lyrical) and one fast (virtuosic) selection from the works of Chopin for solo piano (no works for piano and orchestra will be acceptable)

No substitutions for the above repertoire will be allowed.

Video requirements:

  • playing from memory
  • both hands showing
  • recorded not more than six months before the application deadline
  • movements may be recorded separately, but each movement should be one uninterrupted recording with no splicing or editing (except equalization and/or reverb)
  • each selection should be a separate file, clearly labeled according to the format: Last Name, First Name | Composer, Title, Key, Opus Number | Movement Number (example: Smith, Joe | Beethoven Sonata in F minor, Op. 2, No.1 | IV)

Live Audition (if advanced)

Applicants must be prepared to play from memory, in addition to all of the prescreening repertoire above, a complete major work (minimum 10–12 minutes in length) of their choice.

Student Performances