Rave reviews from the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's performances in Europe, plus daily dispatches from the Philadelphia Inquirer
"There is no need to mention this brilliant youth orchestra’s flexible modulation and intuitive musicality...They also gave an impressive performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. Lush sound and subtle rhythmic motor skills led to an electrifying night of music."
"The fact that [the Curtis Symphony Orchestra] has proved itself in many styles under the incredibly inspired direction of Osmo Vänskä can be instantly experienced in Ravel's Suite "Daphnis und Chloë": fragrant atmosphere, dazzling colors, impressive portrayal from sunrise to the ecstatic dance."
"The young musicians from Philadelphia, under the direction of Finn Osmo Vänskä, made a convincing performance filled with passion, precise playing and good solo performances, and were acclaimed by the audience."
"The [Brahms] slow movement was especially soulful, taken very spaciously, divine in many ways, Serkin especially tender in the opening paragraphs, the orchestra hushed, but not afraid to disrupt the line later with much intensity. The Adagio closed to spellbinding tranquility."
"The exuberance of the opening registered well, and certainly the work was a good showcase for an orchestra of young virtuosi — the sweet-toned, quicksilver violin solos from the leader, Maria Ioudenitch, were a highlight."
"The way that Osmo Vänskä, with the Curtis Symphony and Serkin, tenderly succumbed to the adagio before the latter virtuously elicited the rondo from the Steinway, was a moment that brought you to your knees. A terrific interpretation!"
May 19, 2017: Curtis Orchestra is off to Europe, with us on their tail
The Curtis Symphony Orchestra embarks on a tour of Europe, to perform and gain valuable experience as traveling musicians.
May 23, 2017: Curtis Symphony Orchestra has a whirlwind Tuesday in Berlin
The orchestra arrives in Berlin, where students explore the city, take lessons with Berlin Philharmonic musicians, and perform a concert at the Berlin Konzerthaus.
May 24, 2017: Curtis Symphony Orchestra day-trips to Dresden with nervous anticipation of London
The orchestra makes a brief trip to Dresden to perform at the Kulturpalast as part of the Dresden Music Festival.
May 25, 2017: Curtis in London: 'Suspect' package curtails BBC broadcast… and then there's the laundry
The orchestra navigates the unpredictable nature of touring in the twenty-first century.
May 26, 2017: Reunited with their instruments and feeling so good, Curtis plays London
The orchestra arrives in London to play at Cagodan Hall.
May 27, 2017: Curtis Symphony Orchestra is turned back at Heathrow Airport for an extra unscheduled day in London
The orchestra maintains high spirits while stranded in Heathrow airport as the result of a British Airways computer glitch.