Just in: Gary Graffman quits in Curtis clearoutNews
The Curtis Institute’s longstanding director has resigned from its roster, saying that at 92 he can’t travel from New York any more and is not interested in teaching online.
Graffman has been connected to the school for 80 years. The present director Roberto Diaz has made no comment.
But something’s afoot. The composer Jennifer Higdon has also resigned after 27 years and the former Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboe Richard Woodhams has been fired.
School starts Monday. It will be a different place.
Among Graffman’s many achievements was the discovery and nurturing of Lang Lang.
Peter Dobrin has more here.
UPDATE: Jennifer Higdon has posted: As many of you may have heard, I have stepped down from my position at Curtis. After 25 years it seemed like the right time, as I’ve recently started taking care of an aging parent, and I’m trying to balance a lot of rescheduled concerts, so my time has become difficult to manage. I am most grateful for are all the students that I’ve had the privilege to teach…whether it was composition, chamber coachings, or the 20th Century Music History/Theory class (truly the most fun I’ve ever had teaching…at some point, everyone at Curtis came through that class). THANK YOU to all of my students—you have taught me so much and I’m grateful for our shared journey.