Curtis Institute of Music

The nationally syndicated public radio program From the Top features gifted young classical musicians from all over the country. They’re always super talented - and often very amusing as they chat with host Christopher O'Riley - which all adds up to great radio. More than 250 public radio stations broadcast the show.

Lang Lang's U.S. Home

Nov 10, 2014

Pianist Lang Lang came straight to Philadelphia from his native China in hope, rather than certainty, that he would be able to continue his musical education here.  It worked out, and he was admitted to the Curtis Institute where he bloomed into a major talent.

Many Philadelphia Orchestra musicians are Lang Lang’s former classmates from Curtis. And he’s been playing with them regularly since - in Philadelphia, and on tours around the world.

Genre Bender: Guitarist Jason Vieaux

May 30, 2014

Virtuoso classical guitarist Jason Vieaux tends to go anywhere his mind can take him. From J.S. Bach to Issac Albeniz, to David Ludwig to Astor Piazaolla, to Pat Metheny to Duke Ellington, it's hard to pin Jason Vieaux down. But, perhaps, that's his plan.

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

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