LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Dr. David Curtin, associate professor of music at Lock Haven University, is once again on his way to China. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Curtin has been invited for the second consecutive year to be a faculty practitioner/performer at the International Choral Music Society's Music Festival in Shanghai from February 16 – 20. Along with other music professors from Northwestern University and Trinity College (Dublin), he will conduct master classes and workshops. He will also perform a solo recital of piano music by Schubert and Liszt.
Then, from February 22 – 26, Curtin will be in Beijing, where he will be Artist-in-Residence at the International School of Beijing. As Artist-in-Residence, he will again teach piano master classes and present another solo recital. Curtin will also make an appearance at Dulwich College (an international school in Beijing) to do a master class and solo recital there.
Curtin said, “This year marks the 200th anniversary of the greatest pianist in history, Franz Liszt, so I will be playing a lot of his music in my recitals in Shanghai and Beijing."
This is Curtin’s third trip to China to offer master classes. He held master classes in Shanghai and Beijing in June, 2009 and February 2010. Master classes give advanced music students the opportunity to supplement their studies through interaction with guest performers whose insight and experience exemplify the highest levels of musical achievement.
Curtin stated, "I'll be working with young pianists of many different nationalities who attend English-language international schools--not just in China, but all over Asia. So the international outreach of this trip isn't limited to China.”
Curtin, who has performed nationally and internationally, holds the distinction of being a Steinway Artist, an internationally recognized mark of excellence.
“I am excited to be representing Lock Haven University in China,” Curtin said, “and I am very grateful for the support of both the LHU administration and my colleagues in the Department of Performing Arts, which made it possible for me to do so.”