Curtis Institute of Music

The in-demand Chinese piano virtuoso Yuja Wang performs all over the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the young classical star, who is a Curtis graduate, embraces music and the world beyond the concert stage in her signature style.

An All-Curtis Affair

Nov 25, 2013

A new work by Curtis Institute Faculty Composer Eric Sessler debuted recently in Baltimore to popular and critical acclaim. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, it will next be performed in Philadelphia by four Curtis alums.

In a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presentation, The Dover Quartet plays Eric Sessler’s String Quartet at The Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on Wednesday, December 4th at 8 pm.

Music lives, as it has for decades, on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. And now - as the Curtis Institute of Music works with a company that distributes free classes through the Internet - world-class instruction will be available throughout the world. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the renowned conservatory is offering two pilot classes to audiences everywhere a computer and Internet access can be found. Coursera is making this happen.

Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas launches September 3rd.  From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance, launches October 1st .


Classical music soloists must spend a lot of time practicing their instruments. But some stars are connecting with fans in ways beyond the concert hall. WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with pianist Jonathan Biss and violinist Hilary Hahn.

WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra concert broadcast on May 26th featured Jonathan Biss playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 13. On June 2nd, WRTI's concert broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra includes Hilary Hahn playing Korngold's Violin Concerto.

Jonathan Biss's website and online "writings."

Hilary Hahn's "By Hilary" section of her website.

Once ignored by conservatories and reviled by audiences, Schoenberg’s half-spoken, half-sung Pierrot Lunaire is being intensively rehearsed for performances by Curtis Institute of Music musicians on Monday and Tuesday of next week (April 15th and 16th).

As The Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns reports, the instigators are visiting professors who don’t look much different from the students: the modern music ensemble eighth blackbird, who are in the first year of a three-year residency that should extend the Curtis tradition to the cutting edge.

Harpist Elizabeth Hainen

Nov 5, 2011

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen is Jill Pasternak's guest this week.

Elizabeth Hainen's website

Jim Cotter speaks with Peter Richard Conte, the Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ. Conte is the soloist in a concert with the Symphony in C orchestra, which is part of the organ's centennial celebration.

Susan Lewis profiles the Curtis Institute of Music, a vanguard in the training of classical musicians since 1924.

David Patrick Stearns takes us to where East Meets West - a concert series by the Renaissance wind band Piffaro.

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Susan Lewis considers why Chopin's music appeals to ballet choreographers, as Pennsylvania Ballet stages a trio of works on March 13 and 14, 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 19th-century composer's birth.

As part of celebrations of Samuel Barber's centenary, David Patrick Stearns looks ahead to performances of Antony and Cleopatra by the Curtis Opera Theatre.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Curtis Institute of Music students making debuts as concerto soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra this summer.

Susan Lewis looks at skyscrapers and spectacles - the subjects of two summertime exhibitions drawn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection of prints, photography, and works on paper.

Jason Peifer visits the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, one of America's earliest religious communities and a National Historic Landmark.

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