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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?”

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more

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Samuel Barber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Pianist, Musician, Composer Samuel Osmond Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century: music critic Donal Henahan stated ...more

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Ned Rorem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Diarist, Author, Composer Ned Rorem is an American composer and diarist, best known and most praised for his song settings. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976.

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Gian Carlo Menotti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Opera composer, Librettist Gian Carlo Menotti was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas ...more

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George Szell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Music Director George Szell, 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

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Jennifer Higdon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Musician, Composer Jennifer Higdon is an American composer of classical music. She has received many awards including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best ...more

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Marc Blitzstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Composer Marcus Samuel Blitzstein, better known as Marc Blitzstein, was an American composer, lyricist, and librettist. He won national attention in 1937 when his pro-union musical The Cradle Will Rock, ...more

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Lang Lang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Pianist, Musician, Actor Lang Lang is a Chinese concert pianist who has performed with leading orchestras in Europe, the United States and his native China.

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Daron Hagen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Theatre Director, Pianist Daron Aric Hagen, is an American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, librettist, and stage director of contemporary classical music and opera.

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Lukas Foss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Pianist, Composer Lukas Foss was an American composer, pianist, and conductor.

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Lara St. John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violinist Lara St. John is a Canadian violinist.

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Alan Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Music Director, Violinist Alan Gilbert is an American conductor and violinist. He is currently the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, making his debut performance as the orchestra's music director on September ...more

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Hilary Hahn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violinist Hilary Hahn is an American violinist. In her active international career she has performed throughout the world both as a soloist with leading orchestras and conductors and as a recitalist. She ...more

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Gilles Apap is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Musician, Fiddler, Violinist Gilles Apap is a French classical violinist. Born in Bougie, Algeria, he was raised in Nice, France. In 1985 he won first prize in the contemporary music category at the Yehudi Menuhin ...more

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Joseph Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Violinist Joseph Silverstein is an American violinist and conductor.

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Shuler Hensley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Actor, Singer Shuler Paul Hensley is an American singer and actor.

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Jaime Laredo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Music Director, Violist Jaime Laredo is a violinist and conductor. Currently the conductor and Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, he began his musical career when he was five years old. In 1948 he came ...more

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David S. Sampson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Trumpeter, Composer David Sampson is an American composer. He is uniquely acclaimed for the integrity of his music. Sampson’s work has been described as intensely honest and human, taking his audiences through rich ...more

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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Musician, Author, Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is an American classical violinist and teacher.

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Scott St. John is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violist Scott St. John is a Canadian violinist and violist. He is a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and on faculty at Stanford University, where he teaches violin and chamber music.

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Paavo Järvi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Music Director Paavo Järvi is an Estonian-born American conductor. Järvi was born in Tallinn, Estonia, to conductor Neeme Järvi and Liilia Järvi. His siblings, Kristjan Järvi and ...more

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Leila Josefowicz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violinist Leila Bronia Josefowicz is an American-Canadian classical violinist.

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Jorge Bolet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Pianist, Music pedagogue Jorge Bolet was a Cuban-born American pianist and teacher.

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Juan Diego Flórez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Opera Singer, Actor Juan Diego Flórez Salom 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 Gran Cruz de ...more

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Gary Graffman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Pianist, Music pedagogue, Teacher Gary Graffman is an American classical pianist, teacher of piano and music administrator. Graffman was born in New York City to Russian-Jewish parents. Having started piano at age 3, Graffman ...more

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Jessica Linnebach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violinist Jessica Linnebach is a Canadian classical violinist. She is a founding member of the Zukerman Chamber Players, as well as the Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. ...more

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Teo Gheorghiu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Pianist, Actor Teo Gheorghiu is a Swiss-Canadian pianist and actor, born on August 12, 1992 in Männedorf in Canton of Zürich, Switzerland from Romanian and Canadian parents.

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Jacob Lateiner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Pianist Jacob Lateiner, was a Cuban-American pianist. He was actually born on March 31, 1928, but his father did not get around to registering his birth until May 31 the same year. He was the brother of ...more

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Pius Cheung is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Percussionist Pius Cheung is a marimbist and composer, called " a young Chinese-Canadian virtuoso," by the New York Times. He began teaching in the music performance percussion program at the ...more

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Reid Anderson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Bassist Reid Anderson is a bassist and composer originally from Minnesota. Anderson is best known for his work in The Bad Plus with pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King. The Bad Plus have played ...more

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Jennifer Koh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violinist Jennifer Koh is an American violinist, born to Korean parents in Glen Ellyn, IL. Jennifer Koh earned a B.A. in English Literature from Oberlin College, as well as a Performance Diploma from the ...more

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Ken Cowan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Ken Cowan Organist Ken Cowan is a Canadian organist. A native of Thorold, Ontario, he has toured extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has made numerous recordings, most on the JAV label. Cowan ...more

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Yefim Bronfman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Pianist Yefim "Fima" Naumovich Bronfman is a Soviet-born Israeli-American pianist.

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Adrian Anantawan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Musician Adrian Anantawan is a Canadian violinist. Anantawan, who began studying violin at age nine, has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and at the White House. He is an alumnus of the ...more

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Nino Rota is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist Giovanni "Nino" Rota was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor and academic who is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti. He ...more

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John Langstaff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Conductor, Educator, Musician John Langstaff, a concert baritone, and early music revivalist was the founder of the Northeast United States tradition of the Christmas Revels, as well as a respected musician and educator. He ...more

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John Relyea is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Opera Singer John Relyea is a Canadian bass-baritone opera singer and winner of the 2003 Richard Tucker Award. He was born in 1972 in Toronto, Canada, to Gary Relyea, one of Canada's well-known opera ...more

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Paul Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Organist Paul Jacobs is an American organist. Paul Jacobs began piano lessons at age five and organ lessons at age 12 in his hometown of Washington, Pennsylvania. At age 15 he was appointed head organist ...more

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Harold Gomberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Oboist Harold Gomberg was the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic from 1943 through 1977. Born in Malden, Massachusetts, Harold and his brother Ralph studied with Marcel Tabuteau, considered ...more

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Shmuel Ashkenasi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violinist, Teacher Shmuel Askenasi is a 1996 Juno Award nominated violinist.

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Michael Tree is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violist Michael Tree is an American violist, born in Newark, New Jersey.

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Richard Woodhams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Oboist Richard Woodhams is an American oboist and recording artist. He is currently Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Professor of Oboe at the Curtis Institute of Music. At the age of ...more

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Vincent Persichetti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Pianist Vincent Ludwig Persichetti was an American composer, teacher, and pianist. An important musical educator and writer, Persichetti was a native of Philadelphia. He was known for his integration of ...more

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Ray Chen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violinist Ray Chen is a Taiwanese-Australian violinist. He was the first prize winner in the 2008 International Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition and the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition and now ...more

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Jennifer Stumm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violist Jennifer Stumm is an American violist.

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Aaron Rosand is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Violinist Aaron Rosand is an American violinist. Born in Hammond, Indiana, he studied with Leon Sametini at the Chicago Musical College and with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he ...more

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Anna Moffo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Actor, Singer Anna Moffo was an American opera singer, television personality, and award-winning dramatic actress. One of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of her generation, she possessed a warm and ...more

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Enrico Di Giuseppe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Enrico Di Giuseppe Singer Enrico Di Giuseppe was a celebrated American operatic tenor who had an active performance career from the late 1950s through the 1990s. He spent most of his career performing in New York City, ...more

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Tim Cobb is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Tim Cobb Timothy Cobb is the current principal double bassist with the New York Philharmonic and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He previously taught at the Peabody Institute of Music, and ...more

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Vinson Cole is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Curtis Institute Of Music Alumni
Singer Vinson Cole is an American operatic tenor. A native of Kansas City, the tenor studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; the Philadelphia Musical Academy; and at the Curtis Institute of ...more