CURTIS ON TOUR
Curtis on Tour
The Nina von Maltzahn Global Tour Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music
From June 13 to 20 the Curtis Institute of Music will be touring Latin America with the Curtis on Tour which is a Nina von Maltzahn Global Tour Initiative.
Their presentations will take place in Mexico City, Lima, Cuzco, Santiago, Temuco and Copiapo, which will be accompanied by master classes in each place.
Tania Villasuso, clarinete
Roberto Díaz, viola
George Xiaoyuan Fu, piano
subject to change
Trio for clarinet, viola and piano (“Kegelstatt”), K. 498 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132 Robert Schumann
Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell (1810-1856)
Lebhaft und sehr markiert
Ruhiges Tempo, mit zartem Ausdruck
Lebhaft, sehr markiert
Book of Days Daron Hagen (’84)
Monday (b. 1961)
Selections of the "Eight Pieces" for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 83 MaxBruch
2. Allegro con moto (1838–1920)
4. Allegro agitato
5. Rumänische Melodie: Andante
6. Nachtgesang: Andante con moto
7. Allegro vivace, ma non troppo
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Roberto Díaz, viola
A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin.
As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout the world. He has also worked directly with important 20th- and 21st-century composers, including Krzysztof Penderecki—whose viola concerto he has performed numerous times with the composer on the podium and whose double concerto he premiered in the United States—as well as Edison Denisov, Jennifer Higdon, Ricardo Lorenz, and Roberto Sierra. His recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2018.
A frequent recitalist, Mr. Díaz enjoys collaborating with young musicians, bringing a fresh approach to the repertoire and providing invaluable opportunities to artists at the beginning of their careers. In addition to performing with major string quartets and pianists in chamber music series and festivals worldwide, he is a member of the Díaz Trio. His recordings include a Grammy-nominated disc of viola transcriptions by William Primrose for Naxos, as well as releases on the Artek, Bridge Records, Dorian, Nimbus, and New World labels.
In addition to his decade-long tenure as principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz was also principal viola of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich, and was a member of the Boston Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he continues to serve on the faculty, holding the James and Betty Matarese Chair in Viola Studies and the Nina von Maltzahn President's Chair. Mr. Díaz plays the ex-Primrose Amati viola.
George Xiaoyuan Fu, piano
Chinese-American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu has performed as a soloist with the Baltimore, National, and North Carolina symphonies, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard University. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Lied Center at the University of Kansas, the Japanese Embassy in London, and the German Embassy in Washington D.C. He has won top prizes in the Oberlin (now Cooper), Lennox, Blount-Slawson, Lee University, and National Symphony Orchestra Concerto competitions.
A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Fu frequently performs alongside duo partners and ensembles from around the world, and has appeared with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble as both soloist and chamber musician. He has collaborated in dance projects with dancers Isaac and Esteban Hernandez, and Barbara Gail Montero and served as music director and conductor of the Dunster House Opera Society at Harvard University.
Mr. Fu recently commissioned piano etudes by young composers Matthew Aucoin and Andrew Hsu for a lecture-recital on technique at the Curtis Institute of Music; and premiered a set of piano etudes by Dmitri Tymoczko at Princeton University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a degree in piano performance at Curtis, studying with Jonathan Biss and Meng-Chieh Liu. He currently studies with Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Tania Villasuso, clarinet
Tania Villasuso, from Naron, Spain, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2017 and studies with Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Villasuso is the DoubleStar Artistic Development Annual Fellow.
Ms. Villasuso has appeared as a soloist with the Madrid Metropolitan Orchestra and the Vigo 430 Symphonic Orchestra. She won first prize in the 2012 Intercentros Melómano National Contest (Professional Division). She has performed with the Galician Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Salvador Seguí Symphonic Orchestra, and the Castellón Youth Symphonic and Opera orchestras. She has attended the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden and the Castellón International Chamber Music Festival in Spain, and for four years participated in the International Clarinet Seminar with Yehuda Gilad in Murcia, Spain.
Ms. Villasuso holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Salvador Seguí Higher Conservatory of Music. She began clarinet lessons at age five, and her previous teachers include Venancio Rius, José Miguel Martí, and Francisco San Ramón. In her spare time, she enjoys electronic engineering and competitive cycling, which she credits with teaching her the dedication necessary for a musician.
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.
With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians.
Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year and programs that bring arts access and education to the community. This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit Curtis.edu.
ABOUT CURTIS ON TOUR
Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Grounded in the school’s "learn by doing" philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performing, musicians offer master classes, interactive programs, and community engagement activities. Curtis on Tour also facilitates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with professional orchestras and recital series. Since the program was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 300 concerts in over 90 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.