Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni

List Rules
People on this list must have gone to Curtis Institute of Music and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Curtis Institute of Music, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Curtis Institute of Music include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Curtis Institute of Music alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Curtis Institute of Music are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Curtis Institute of Music.

List features graduates like Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber and more!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Curtis Institute of Music?” and “Which celebrities are Curtis Institute of Music alumni?”
  • Leonard Bernstein ( BURN-styne; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in ...more
  • Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century; ...more
  • Ned Rorem (born October 23, 1923) is an American composer and diarist. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1976 for his Air Music: Ten Etudes for Orchestra.
  • Gian Carlo Menotti (, Italian: [dʒaŋ ˈkarlo meˈnɔtti]; July 7, 1911 – February 1, 2007) was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, ...more
  • George Szell (; June 7, 1897 – July 30, 1970), originally György Széll, György Endre Szél, or Georg Szell, was a Hungarian-born American conductor and composer. He is widely considered one of the ...more
  • Jennifer Elaine Higdon (born December 31, 1962) is an American composer of classical music and composition teacher. She has received many awards including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her ...more
  • Marcus Samuel Blitzstein (March 2, 1905 – January 22, 1964), was an American composer, lyricist, and librettist. He won national attention in 1937 when his pro-union musical The Cradle Will Rock, ...more
  • Lang Lang (Chinese: 郎朗; pinyin: Láng Lǎng; born 14 June 1982) is a Chinese concert pianist who has performed with leading orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Canada, in addition to his ...more
  • Daron Aric Hagen ( HAH-gən; born November 4, 1961, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, librettist, and stage director of contemporary classical music and ...more
  • Lukas Foss (August 15, 1922 – February 1, 2009) was a German-American composer, pianist, and conductor.
  • Lara St. John (born April 15, 1971) is a Canadian violinist.
  • Alan Gilbert may refer to: Alan Gilbert (conductor) (born 1967), American conductor and violinist Alan Gilbert (Australian academic) (1944–2010), Australian historian and academic administrator Alan ...more
  • Hilary Hahn (born November 27, 1979) is an American violinist. She has performed throughout the world both as a soloist with leading orchestras and conductors and as a recitalist. She has also built ...more
  • Gilles Apap (born 21 May 1963) is a French classical violinist. Born in Béjaïa, Algeria, he was raised in Nice, France. In 1985 he won first prize in the contemporary music category at the Yehudi ...more
  • Joseph Harry Silverstein (March 21, 1932 – November 21, 2015) was an American violinist and conductor. Known to family, friends and colleagues as "Joey", Silverstein was born in Detroit. As a youth, ...more
  • Shuler Paul Hensley (born March 6, 1967) is an American singer and actor.
  • Jaime Laredo (born June 7, 1941 in Cochabamba, Bolivia) is a violinist and conductor. Currently the conductor and Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, he began his musical career when ...more
  • David C. Sampson (born January 26, 1951, Charlottesville, Virginia) is an American contemporary classical composer.
  • Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (born January 10, 1961) is an Italian and American classical violinist and teacher.
  • Scott St. John (born 4 December 1969 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian violinist and violist. He was a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet (departing December, 2013) and on faculty at ...more
  • Paavo Järvi (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈpɑːvo ˈjærvi]; born 30 December 1962) is an Estonian conductor. Järvi was born in Tallinn, Estonia, to Liilia Järvi and the Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi. His ...more
  • Leila Bronia Josefowicz (born October 20, 1977) is an American-Canadian classical violinist.
  • Jorge Bolet (November 15, 1914 – October 16, 1990) was a Cuban-born American virtuoso pianist and teacher. Among his teachers were Leopold Godowsky, and Moriz Rosenthal – the latter an outstanding ...more
  • Juan Diego Flórez (born January 13, 1973) is a Peruvian operatic tenor, particularly known for his roles in bel canto operas. On June 4, 2007, he received his country's highest decoration, the Knight ...more
  • Gary Graffman (born October 14, 1928) is an American classical pianist, teacher and administrator.