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Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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 Bernstein1

    Leonard Bernstein

    Conductor, Film Score Composer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1918-1990)

    BirthplaceLawrence, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Leonard Bernstein ( BURN-styne; August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Samuel Barber2

    Samuel Barber

    Pianist, Musician

    AgeDec. at 71 (1910-1981)

    BirthplaceWest Chester, Pennsylvania

    Samuel Osmond Barber II (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) was an American composer of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ned Rorem3

    Ned Rorem

    Diarist, Author


    BirthplaceRichmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

    Ned Rorem (born October 23, 1923) is an American composer and diarist. He won a Pulitzer Prize... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gian Carlo Menotti4

    Gian Carlo Menotti

    Opera composer, Librettist

    AgeDec. at 96 (1911-2007)

    BirthplaceLombardy, Eurasia, Italy, Cadegliano-Viconago, Province of Varese

    Gian Carlo Menotti (, Italian: [dʒaŋ ˈkarlo meˈnɔtti]; July 7, 1911 – February 1, 2007) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • George Szell5

    George Szell

    Conductor, Music Director

    AgeDec. at 73 (1897-1970)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    George Szell (; June 7, 1897 – July 30, 1970), originally György Széll, György Endre Szél, or... more on Wikipedia
  • Jennifer Higdon6

    Jennifer Higdon

    Musician, Composer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Jennifer Elaine Higdon (born December 31, 1962) is an American composer of classical music and... more on Wikipedia
  • Marc Blitzstein7

    AgeDec. at 59 (1905-1964)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Marcus Samuel Blitzstein (March 2, 1905 – January 22, 1964), was an American composer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Lang Lang8

    Lang Lang

    Pianist, Musician


    BirthplaceShenyang, China

    Lang Lang (Chinese: 郎朗; pinyin: Láng Lǎng; born 14 June 1982) is a Chinese concert pianist who... more on Wikipedia
  • Daron Hagen9

    Daron Hagen

    Conductor, Theatre Director


    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Daron Aric Hagen ( HAH-gən; born November 4, 1961, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Lukas Foss10

    Lukas Foss

    Conductor, Pianist

    AgeDec. at 87 (1922-2009)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Lukas Foss (August 15, 1922 – February 1, 2009) was a German-American composer, pianist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Lara St. John11

    Lara St. John



    BirthplaceLondon, Canada

    Lara St. John (born April 15, 1971) is a Canadian violinist.
  • Alan Gilbert12

    Alan Gilbert

    Conductor, Music Director


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Alan Gilbert may refer to: Alan Gilbert (conductor) (born 1967), American conductor and... more on Wikipedia
  • Hilary Hahn13

    Hilary Hahn



    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Hilary Hahn (born November 27, 1979) is an American violinist. She has performed throughout... more on Wikipedia
  • Gilles Apap14

    Gilles Apap

    Musician, Fiddler



    Gilles Apap (born 21 May 1963) is a French classical violinist. Born in Béjaïa, Algeria, he... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Joseph Silverstein

    Conductor, Violinist


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Joseph Harry Silverstein (March 21, 1932 – November 21, 2015) was an American violinist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Shuler Hensley16

    Shuler Hensley

    Actor, Singer


    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

    Shuler Paul Hensley (born March 6, 1967) is an American singer and actor.
  • Jaime Laredo17

    Jaime Laredo

    Conductor, Music Director


    BirthplaceCochabamba, Bolivia

    Jaime Laredo (born June 7, 1941 in Cochabamba, Bolivia) is a violinist and conductor. ... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    David S. Sampson

    Trumpeter, Composer


    BirthplaceCharlottesville, Virginia

    David C. Sampson (born January 26, 1951, Charlottesville, Virginia) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg19

    Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

    Musician, Author


    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (born January 10, 1961) is an Italian and American classical... more on Wikipedia
  • Scott St. John20



    Scott St. John (born 4 December 1969 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian violinist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Paavo Järvi

    Conductor, Music Director


    BirthplaceTallinn, Estonia

    Paavo Järvi (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈpɑːvo ˈjærvi]; born 30 December 1962) is an Estonian... more on Wikipedia
  • Leila Josefowicz22


    BirthplaceMississauga, Canada

    Leila Bronia Josefowicz (born October 20, 1977) is an American-Canadian classical violinist.
  • Jorge Bolet23

    Jorge Bolet

    Pianist, Music pedagogue

    AgeDied at 76 (1914-1990)

    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba

    Jorge Bolet (November 15, 1914 – October 16, 1990) was a Cuban-born American virtuoso pianist... more on Wikipedia
  • Juan Diego Flórez24

    Juan Diego Flórez

    Opera Singer, Actor


    BirthplaceLima, Peru

    Juan Diego Flórez (born January 13, 1973) is a Peruvian operatic tenor, particularly known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gary Graffman25

    Gary Graffman

    Pianist, Music pedagogue


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Gary Graffman (born October 14, 1928) is an American classical pianist, teacher and... more on Wikipedia

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    #78 of 154 The Greatest Pianists Ever#320 of 929 Famous Classical Pianists