“otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication”
(The New York Times)
The Curtis Symphony Orchestra has received international praise for its exuberant, joyous performances.
Honing their craft under celebrated conductors, 100 young musicians — all students at the Curtis Institute of Music — perform with a fresh exuberance that makes each work new. Recent visiting conductors include Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Curtis On Tour is the global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music and brings its extraordinary artistry to national and international audiences, with students performing alongside celebrated Curtis alumni and faculty. An embodiment of the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, students frequently offer master classes, in-school demonstrations, and other community engagement activities.
In May and June 2017, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra embarks on an ambitious tour of Europe, visiting nine cities in eighteen days, together with charismatic music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, and soloists drawn from the ranks of Curtis graduates: Peter Serkin, Benjamin Schmid and Curtis President Roberto Díaz.
“Throughout the evening, there was superb woodwind playing to enjoy, especially on the part of a remarkably accomplished first oboe; brass and percussion rose nobly to their frequently challenging tasks; and the strings were at once disciplined and glowing in sound.”
(Seen and Heard International, April 2016)
“The Curtis Symphony, the orchestra of the elite Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, gave the brilliant instrumentation all it was worth on Monday.”
(The New York Times, February 2016)
“the playing of the orchestra was polished and powerful. These musicians showed themselves capable of thrilling vigor, producing a gruff, gristly sound in the scherzo and a stinging fury at the start of the finale.”
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