Curtis on Tour played a stunning concert on Thursday October 25, 2018 at Wertheim Concert Hall in Miami at FIU (Florida International University). The concert, attended by judges from over 50 countries, was given during the Conference of Hague Convention Network Judges which was held at FIU, the location for which had been made possible by Brian Schriner, Dean of FIU’s CARTA (College of Communications, Architecture, Music, Art, and Theater).
The performers were Roberto Diaz, considered by many to be the world’s greatest violist, who had been principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra before becoming President of Curtis, violinist Claire Bourg, who studies with Arnold Steinnhart and Pamela Frank , cellist Sydney Lee, who studies with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley, and pianist Kyu Yeon Kim, a Curtis graduate who studied with Gary Graffman.
The program offered the Faure Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 and Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Opus 25. Emanuel Ax remarked that Faure’s piano writing for the First Piano Quartet is completely idiomatic and has an individual sound. Moreover,he feels that the Faure Piano Quartets explore “a world where beauty reigns supreme.” The performance by Curtis on tour captured this. The Brahms First Piano Quartet in G minor (Op 25,No. 1), after intermission, ending with its brilliantly played “Gypsy” Rondo that had been influenced by Haydn ended the concert to a standing ovation.