Huge International Piano Festival in Princeton Features 15-Year-Old Curtis Student

Wei Luo, a 15 year-old Curtis student, is part of the Golandsky Institute Festival.

Wei Luo, a 15-year-old Curtis student, is part of the Golandsky Institute Festival.

The Golandsky Institute’s International Piano Festival kicked off Sunday in Princeton, and several musicians who are taking part in the seven-day series of concerts have Philadelphia connections.

15 year-old Wei Luo, a young piano prodigy and student at Curtis Institute, will be making her Princeton debut at the festival. One of the musician’s professors has called her “the most gifted pianist they had ever heard,” and the festival’s organizers believe she may be “the next major pianist coming from Curtis.” She’ll be performing on Thursday, July 16th at 8 pm at Princeton University’s Taplin Auditorium. Read more »

A New On-Demand Classical Musical Service, Living the Classical Life, Has Philly Connections

Isabel Leonard and Zsolt Bognár.

Isabel Leonard and Zsolt Bognár.

It’s a new streaming, free, on-demand program called Living the Classical Life, and it features world-class artists talking about their craft. What makes it quite interesting to us here at Ticket is that there are so many connections to Philadelphia in the series, and serves as a testament that the City of Brotherly Love is a mecca for classical musical fans. Read more »

Trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden Releasing Debut Album, Will Perform Two Shows in Philly

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One listen to Mary Elizabeth Bowden‘s music and it’s pretty clear that this isn’t the type of trumpet you muddled with in middle school band. The Curtis Institute of Music graduate and world-renowned artist is releasing her first album, Radiance, this April, which features the works of two local Philadelphia composers: Joseph Hallman and David Ludwig. She also will be playing two Philly concerts in early March with an all-female brass ensemble, Seraph Brass.

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Curtis Institute Honors the Lenfests


On Sunday, April 13th, at the Kimmel Center, the Curtis Institute of Music honored Curtis board chairman H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest and Curtis overseer Marguerite Lenfest for their transformational contributions to Curtis.

After eight years as board chairman, Mr. Lenfest steps down at the end of the school year in May. He has been an important contributor of knowledge and funding to the Curtis Institute, playing a pivitol role in the opening of Lenfest Hall in 2011, in addition to the completion of the faculty chair challenge which added $34 million to the endowment, and the launch of Curtis on Tour, which brought performances by Curtis students and faculty overseas.

– Curtis Honors the Lenfests »