Eric Lu, a Curtis student, won the Leeds Piano Competition last night.
Just in time for the last section of our Fortnightly Book Club focus on Curtis.
Here’s our moderator Anthea Kreston:
Welcome to our final Fortnightly Music Book Club installment on the topic of the Curtis Institute of Music. The Fortnightly Music Book Club has a rotating, international group of hosts, and covers a wide range of topics.
In this segment, we have a final video Interview of our guest host, Roberto Díaz, President and CEO of Curtis. Topics covered are the founding of the Settlement Music School in 1910, an institution which offers free music education to the underserved in Philadelphia, and the expansion of that design in 1924 to an older, but still free institution named after the founder, Mary Louise Curtis. The recent donation of 55 million dollars by Nina Baroness von Maltzahn, which is the largest single gift to an American Music School – how did this come about, and what has it done for the school? Powerhouse‘s Investigation into the „performance gap“ at Curtis, and finally, the musician as global ambassador.
We are reading from Powerhouse (MacNeice/Bowen) to learn about the unique business structure. Memoirs of Gary Graffman – I Really Should be Practing – and Rudolf Serkin – A Life, both former Presidents of Curtis, give us historical perspective.
We heard from the Serkin family last post, and for some Graffman words, I direct you to this lovely, candid interview. http://slippedisc.com/2018/09/gary-graffman-nearing-90-never-misses-a-lesson/
Stay well, and see you in a Fortnight, when we will be hearing from guest host composer Bruce Adolphe (you may know him from Performance Today’s Piano Puzzler and Lincoln Center) what we will be reading next. As always, emails can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org