With 32 new studios for practice, teaching, and rehearsal (floor plans), opportunities abound at 1616 Locust Street to explore the riches of the traditional chamber music repertoire, not to mention new music and vocal music. Box-in-box construction and exceptional acoustics ensure students can collaborate in the best sound environment. President Roberto Díaz remarks, "The musical benefits of playing chamber music are too many to name. Lenfest Hall opens up so many possibilities for the students to explore this repertoire, which is tremendously important to the students’ development."
Curtis musicians will now enjoy twice as much space for collaboration, thanks to the generosity of over 30 donors from around the world. They include:
•The large-instrument studios: Carole H. and Emilio A. Gravagno Double Bass Studio, Allerton Foundation Percussion Studios, and Baroness Nina von Maltzahn Harp Studio.
•Individual practice rooms recognizing donors James and Betty Matarese; Imelde Della Valle and William W. Langebartel; Steven and Lee Laden; Bobby Ellen Kimbel, Ph.D.; Bong S. Lee, M.D.; Plato S. and Dorothy Krebill Karayanis; the Amaranth Foundation; George and Marie Hecksher; and Albert and Joan Piscopo.
•Teaching studios and chamber music rehearsal rooms named by Lisa and Gie Liem, the Lurie Family Foundation, Robert and Lynne Pollack, Ben and Martha Rinaldo, Irving and Arlene Tashlick, and Mark and Robin Rubenstein.
Violin students Anastasia Agapova and Zoë Martin-Doike performing with a chamber ensemble in Field Concert Hall.