Curtis Institute launches label | Classical music
Renowned Philadelphia Conservatory The Curtis Institute of Music announced the launch of Curtis Studio, his own recording label dedicated “to discovering new and traditional works performed by the inspiring artists of our time”. The releases will feature performances by alumni, faculty, and students, and will be available on all major streaming platforms. Several releases will also contain music videos.
Curtis Studio kicks off with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Finnish maestro Osmo Vänskä, performing by Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (release date: December 6, 2022). The performance was recorded as part of Curtis’ new performance facility Immersive Scheherazadewhich invited the public to sit alongside musicians performing the work while surrounded by 30-foot-tall projections of the orchestra.
‘Scheherazade demands musical virtuosity and showcases the magnificent artistry of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra,” says Vince Ford, Executive Producer of Curtis Studio. “These musicians represent a very bright future for classical music. We are thrilled to share their performances via Curtis Studio.
Curtis Institute of Music President and CEO Roberto Díaz said, “The three pillars of Curtis – teaching, touring and technology – will each be powered by this groundbreaking initiative. Curtis Studio presents an opportunity to share our rigorous level of musicality in an accessible way. This monumental initiative strengthens our digital presence while teaching the recording process as a fundamental part of a musician’s career.
The Curtis Institute regularly commissions established and emerging voices to create new music and explore new ideas. Recent commissions have included works by Bright Sheng, Jennifer Higdon, Richard Danielpour, Gabriella Smith and David Serkin Ludwig. Upcoming releases on Curtis Studio will include a solo piano recording with pianist Michelle Cann, featuring works by Florence Prize and Margaret Bonds. The Studio also plans to present several commissions, a recording premiere of the Zimbalist Trio and recordings of the Dover Quartet and other Curtis ensembles.
More broadly, the Curtis Institute is known for its “learn by doing” philosophy and a faculty that includes a high proportion of active musicians. It also bases admissions solely on artistic promise, meaning no student is turned away due to financial need. Every season, major opera houses and chamber music series around the world feature Curtis alumni, and they also occupy the principal chairs of every major American orchestra.