The Extraordinary Artists of Curtis on Tour Visit New England July 16 and 19; Philadelphia Preview Recital July 14 Performances feature acclaimed Curtis alumni Bella Hristova (Violin ’08) and Steven Lin (Piano ’15)

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The Extraordinary Artists of Curtis on Tour Visit New England July 16 and 19; Philadelphia Preview Recital July 14  Performances feature acclaimed Curtis alumni Bella Hristova (Violin ’08) and Steven Lin (Piano ’15)

PHILADELPHIA, PA—July 10, 2015—Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Bella Hristova (Violin ’08) and Concert Artist Guild laureate Steven Lin (Piano ’15) bring Curtis on Tour to New England for the seventh consecutive summer in July 2015. The school’s global touring initiative, Curtis on Tour brings the world-renowned artistry of the Curtis Institute of Music across the country and around the globe.

Following a kickoff performance in Philadelphia (July 14), Curtis on Tour appears in Falmouth, Mass. (July 16) and Nantucket (July 19). The captivating program includes sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Dvořák, and Ravel, as well as a solo piano version of Ravel’s beloved tour de force La Valse and Joan Tower’s evocative Second String Force, commissioned for Ms. Hristova. For more information visit www.curtis.edu/CurtisOnTour.

July 14: Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia
Philadelphia audiences get a preview of the New England tour at Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music on Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. Admission is free and tickets are not required. For more information visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.

July 16: Highfield Hall, Falmouth, Mass.
Curtis on Tour appears at the historic Highfield Hall on Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. This event includes a post-concert wine reception with the artists. For more information visit: http://highfieldhallandgardens.org/event/violinist-bella-hristova/ or call (508) 495-1878, ext. 2.

July 19: Nantucket Atheneum
Curtis on Tour performs an evening of chamber music in the Great Hall at the Nantucket Atheneum on Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and tickets are not required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, visit www.nantucketatheneum.org or call (508) 228-1110.

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. The Strad has raved, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and the Washington Post noted that she is “a player of impressive power and control.” Recipient of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Hristova’s 2015-16 season features a mix of concerto, recital, and chamber music performances, as well as educational outreach activities. She showcases her wide-ranging repertoire this season as she performs ten different concertos, from Barber and Kevin Puts to Sibelius and Mozart, as well as the world premiere of a concerto by David Ludwig. Also among her engagements are encore recital performances on the Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall and at the Kennedy Center.

Ms. Hristova has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra, including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, and with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. She appears frequently as a chamber musician with groups such as Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Young Concert Artists Festival Week in Tokyo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Her numerous honors include First Prize in the 2009Young Concert Artists International Auditions and First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. She was awarded YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, and for three seasons, she has been honored with the Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation Artist Management of YCA.

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria, Ms. Hristova attended at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.

Taiwanese American pianist Steven Lin is an immediately engaging and imaginative young artist, applauded by the New York Times for playing that is “…immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics”. His awards include the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the John Giordano Jury Chairman Discretionary Award at the 2013Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In 2014 he was also awarded the Silver Medal at Israel’s Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition.

Mr. Lin’s featured North American recital engagements for 2014-15 include his Kennedy Center debut on the Washington Performing Arts Hayes Piano Series and recitals for Strathmore Performing Arts Center, Sun Valley Piano Festival, and Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series. As a concerto soloist, he will be featured in three performances with the Kansas City Symphony and Music Director Michael Stern, a return engagement with the Tulare County Symphony (CA), and performances in Australia and Taiwan, among others.

A versatile musician, he performs chamber music at venues including the Louvreand Salle Cortot in France, National Dublin Hall in Ireland, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Sendai Cultural Center in Japan, and Avery Fisher Hall in the United States. Recent recital debuts include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the National Chopin Foundation (Miami, FL).  Mr. Lin earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald and Matti Raekallio. He earned a Performance Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music where he was the Mark E. Rubenstein Annual Fellow, graduating in 2015.

An embodiment of the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, Curtis on Tour offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performances, students frequently offer master classes, in-school demonstrations, and other community engagement activities. Since Curtis on Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have traveled to more than 50 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, with new venues added each year.

One of the world’s finest and most selective conservatories, the Curtis Institute of Music offers a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture to 175 students from all corners of the world. Nurtured by a celebrated faculty, its extraordinary young musicians graduate to join 4,000 alumni who have long made music history. From Leonard Bernstein to Alan Gilbert, Samuel Barber to Jennifer Higdon, Anna Moffo to Eric Owens, Richard Goode to Jonathan Biss, Curtis alumni personify the school’s commitment to excellence–onstage and in their communities–inventing careers with impact.

A busy schedule of performances, including more than 200 a year in Philadelphia and around the world, is at the heart of Curtis’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach. Dedicated to a tradition of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1924, Curtis is looking toward its centenary in a flexible and forward-thinking way, evolving strategically to serve its time-honored mission.

Curtis on Tour in New England
July 14-19, 2015
www.curtis.edu/CurtisOnTour

Philadelphia preview 
Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BEETHOVEN – Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op.30, No.3
TOWER – Second String Force
DVOŘÁK – Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
RAVEL – La Valse: Poème chorégraphique Sonata for Violin and Piano

Bella Hristova, violin (’08)
Steven Lin, piano (’15)

Free; no tickets required. For more information, visit www.curtis.edu or call the Curtis Patron Services Office at (215) 893-7902.


Falmouth, Mass.

Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive

BEETHOVEN – Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op.30, No.3
TOWER – Second String Force
DVOŘÁK – Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
RAVEL – La Valse: Poème chorégraphique Sonata for Violin and Piano

Bella Hristova, violin (’08)
Steven Lin, piano (’15)

Tickets $30 for members and $35 for non-members. For more information, visit, http://highfieldhallandgardens.org/event/violinist-bella-hristova/ or call (508) 495-1878, ext. 2.
Nantucket, Mass.
Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m.
Great Hall, Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street

BEETHOVEN – Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op.30, No.3
TOWER – Second String Force
DVOŘÁK – Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
RAVEL – La Valse: Poème chorégraphique Sonata for Violin and Piano

Bella Hristova, violin (’08)
Steven Lin, piano (’15)

Free admission; no tickets required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, visit www.nantucketatheneum.org or call (508) 228-1110.

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