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New Faculty Join the Curtis Institute of Music

October 2, 2009 | By Jennifer Kallend
PR Manager, The Curtis Institute of Music
Curtis welcomes respected musicians and scholars to the faculty in the 2009-10 school year. David Ludwig, a member of the musical studies faculty since 2002 and acting chair of that department, joins the major faculty to teach composition. Author and music historian Harvey Sachs joins the musical studies faculty. Marco Cerocchi joins the liberal arts faculty to teach Italian, and the vocal studies department welcomes staff pianist Tiziana Vieira.

David Ludwig has been the composition department coordinator since 2005 and is artistic director of Curtis 20/21, the school's contemporary music ensemble. His music has been performed internationally by leading musicians in some of the most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Library of Congress. For the 2008-09 season of Curtis On Tour, he wrote From the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, which the Philadelphia Inquirer praised as "well-crafted…wonderfully satisfying" and the Orange County Register called "both accessible and sophisticated."

Dr. Ludwig has received awards from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, American Composers Forum, and the Theodore Presser and Independence foundations. He holds residencies with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New York Summer Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, and the Vermont Symphony, where he is a Meet the Composer/ League of American Orchestras "Music Alive!" resident composer. Other residencies have included those with the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies and the Marlboro Music School. Dr. Ludwig holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the University of Pennsylvania.

A guest lecturer at Curtis during the 2008-09 school year, Harvey Sachs joins the faculty to teach the Music History Seminar, History of Singing, and Opera History. Mr. Sachs's books--of which there are now more than fifty editions in fifteen languages--include the standard biographies of Arturo Toscanini and Arthur Rubinstein, as well as Virtuoso, Music in Fascist Italy, Reflections on Toscanini, and, as coauthor, Plácido Domingo's My First Forty Years and Sir Georg Solti's Memoirs. He edited and translated The Letters of Arturo Toscanini, and his new book, The Ninth: Beethoven and the Year 1824, will be published by Random House in 2010. He has written hundreds of articles for the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TLS, and many other publications, as well as for the BBC, PBS, CBC, Arte, RAI, and other networks.

He has lectured at universities and cultural institutions worldwide, has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and holds an honorary doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Sachs was artistic director of the prestigious Società del Quartetto di Milano (2004-06). He is editor of the online journal of the OREL Foundation, which promotes music suppressed during the Nazi-Fascist period, and his blog, Overflow, appears on

Born in Italy, Marco Cerocchi earned his Ph.D. in Italian from Rutgers University after receiving an M.A. in Italian Studies from Florida State University. He also holds a Laurea in Lettere Moderne from the Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza." He is on the faculty at LaSalle University, where he is an assistant professor of Italian and the coordinator of the undergraduate Italian program.

Dr. Cerocchi comes to Curtis with a background in music--he earned a diploma in piano performance from the State Conservatory of Music in Italy, graduating summa cum laude. He has performed throughout Europe and South America, where he gave a series of joint lectures/recitals on the influence of composer Domenico Zipoli on South American culture.

Dr. Cerocchi was a lecturer in Italian at Princeton University. His articles have appeared in Forum Italicum; Italica, the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of Italian; Romance Review; and the Northeast Modern Language Association's Journal of Italian Studies, where he has been the associate editor and external reader since 2008.

Staff pianist Tiziana Vieira holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Musical Studies in Caracas, Venezuela, and a master's degree from Temple University. In 2003 she was chosen as the intern pianist for the Lake George Opera Festival, and since then she has worked for Temple University, Opera Columbus, and spent three years as head of the coaching staff for the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. Ms. Vieira currently performs with many opera companies in the Philadelphia area, including Amici Opera, Center City Opera Theater, and the New Jersey Opera Festival, and she is a coach and accompanist for the Academy of Vocal Arts.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 160 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Leila Josefowicz, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.

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