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David Ludwig, artistic director and composition faculty

David LudwigComposer David Ludwig’s music has been described as “arresting, dramatically hued…” (The New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare); according to the Philadelphia Inquirer it “promises to speak for the sorrows of this generation.” In 2011 NPR Music listed Dr. Ludwig as one of the Top 100 composers under forty in the world. In 2013 Ludwig’s choral work, The New Colossus, was selected as the first work performed at the private prayer service for President Obama and his cabinet at the president’s second inauguration.

Dr. Ludwig has received commissions from prominent artists and ensembles including Jonathan Biss, Jaime Laredo, eighth blackbird, and ECCO. His orchestral commissions include works for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the National Symphony. He has held residencies with the Marlboro Music School, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the MacDowell and Yaddo artist colonies, among others. Dr. Ludwig directs composition programs at the Atlantic and Lake Champlain festivals and has served as guest faculty at Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute. Active abroad, Ludwig was composer in residence at the Shanghai International Summer Music Festival in 2012, and is the resident composer for the STUDIO2021 Ensemble at Seoul National University.

Dr. Ludwig holds degrees and diplomas from Curtis, Oberlin Conservatory, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. At Curtis he is on the composition faculty; serves as the dean of artistic programs and the director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble; and holds the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Chair of Performance Studies.

Dr. Ludwig is artistic director for the Young Artist Summer Program, part of Curtis Summerfest. With Curtis Chair of Musical Studies Jonathan Coopersmith [link] he developed and taught Curtis’s Coursera course From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance.

Amy Yang, program director and piano faculty

Yang_2014Hailed by The New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet”, pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned soloist and chamber musician. In the 2012–13 season, she played over 70 concerts, including solo appearances with the Mansfield Symphony and Shenyang Conservatory Philharmonic and performances in Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Detroit Institute of the Arts, and the Kravis Center, among others.

First prizewinner of competitions including the International Corpus Christi Young Artists’ Competition and the Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition, Ms. Yang has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians, soloed with symphonies such as the Houston Symphony, and toured with Musicians from Ravinia and Curtis on Tour. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove Masterclasses, Verbier Academy, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, and Music from Angel Fire. She gave world premieres of music by Ezra Laderman and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

Ms. Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Prize for an Outstanding Pianist as well as the Alumni Association Prize. She is a chamber music mentor within the Curtis Institute of Music’s young artist initiative.
During Curtis Summerfest 2014 Ms. Yang will serve as program director and piano faculty for the Young Artist Summer Program and piano faculty for Chamber Music for Adult Musicians.