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Curtis Institute of Music Appoints Two New Violin Faculty Members


Benjamin Beilman and Erin Keefe will join the impressive roster of violin pedagogies at Curtis, including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pamela Frank, Midori, Arnold Steinhardt, and Ida Kavafian — the latter of whom they both studied with.

Keefe and Beilman will work with Curtis students in individual lessons as well as chamber and orchestral settings.

As the concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Erin Keefe has been a frequent artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2005. She won the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Pro Musicis International Award, and has appeared as a soloist in recent seasons with the Minnesota Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, among others.

A recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a London Music Masters Award, Benjamin Beilman has performed as a soloist for orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Rotterdam and London Philharmonics.

“I feel extremely honored and humbled to be joining the violin faculty at the Curtis Institute,” Keefe said. “My five years studying at Curtis provided me with some of the most formative experiences of my musical life, and I am looking forward to passing on all that I have learned from my incredible colleagues and mentors to the next generation of musicians.”

“I am deeply honored to join the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music this fall,” Beilman said. “My teachers at Curtis have always provided unwavering support and guidance as I embarked on a performance career in an ever-evolving landscape. I’m excited to take on this same role for the next generation of musicians as they carve their own path and bring new voices to our art form.”

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