Curtis Institute of Music

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.

Grammy-Winning Eighth Blackbird Helms Schoenberg At Curtis

Apr 8, 2013

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.

Concert organist Paul Jacobs

Mar 7, 2009

"Paul Jacobs, the shockingly youthful head of the Juilliard School's organ department, is an important, genteel revisionist of his instrument..." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

Maestro Christofer Macatsoris

Jan 15, 2009

Music Director of The Academy of Vocal Arts since 1977, Maestro Macatsoris began his conducting career in Italy at the Conservatory in Milan. He went on to study conducting privately with such famed maestri as Fausto Cleva, Max Rudolf, and Tullio Serafin, and studied composition with Vincent Persichetti. Among his many performance credits are appearances with Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, Pennsylvania Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Center, and numerous regional opera companies.

Eroica Trio: Chamber Ensemble

Oct 18, 2008

Jill Pasternak speaks to two of the three members of the all-female Eroica Trio, a chamber ensemble that continues to make inroads into new territory since its inception in the early 1990s when they received a Naumburg Award. Pianist  Erika Nickrenz and violinist Susie Park, along with cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio are all consummate musicians, products of the Juilliard and Curtis conservatories.

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