The engagement of the Curtis on Tour Brass Quintet is made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative Program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the NEA and DDOA.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jahleel Smith, from Atlanta, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014 and studied bass trombone with Blair Bollinger. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Smith was a Crown Holdings, Inc. Annual Fellow. While on tour with The Curtis Symphony Orchestra and maestro Osmo Vanska, the orchestra performed concerts and residencies in Finland, Germany, London, Austria, and Poland.
Following his studies at The Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Smith went on to Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music where he was a distinguished recipient of the Jacobs Fellowship and graduated in the degree program for the Master of Music studying with Dr. Denson Paul Pollard. While attending Indiana University, Mr. Smith was a finalist for its brass concerto competition for two years as well as a finalist for several job auditions including those with the San Antonio Symphony, US Army Concert and Ceremonial Bands. He was also a semi-finalist for the Principal Bass Trombone audition with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Smith has performed in Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has been invited to play with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Smith has attended The Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; and the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, where he was awarded the Jiggs Wigham Scholarship for best under-21 audition recording. He has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Classical/Pops All-Star Orchestra in Barbados. Mr. Smith was a finalist for the Edward Kleinhammer Orchestral Bass Trombone Competition at the International Trombone Festival in 2016 and placed third in the S.E. Shires Solo Competition at the Southeast Trombone Symposium. Currently, Mr. Smith is the Acting Bass Trombonist with The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
George Goad joined the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2020 as assistant principal/2nd trumpet. Prior to Grand Rapids, George held positions with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has been a guest performer with the Detroit Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has spent summers at the National Repertory Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
George received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with David Bilger and is also a graduate of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he received his master’s degree under the tutelage of Barbara Butler and Charlie Geyer. Following his years of education, he spent a year as a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. He grew up in Rockford, Michigan, where he studied with Aaron Good and Gregory Good in his early years. When away from the trumpet, George is an avid distance runner and can often be found with his wife exploring the outdoors.
Hailed for his “sparkling, crystal clear sound” (Brass Legacy) New York City based french horn player Eric Huckins is dedicated to creatively sharing music through diverse musical styles. A winner of Astral Artist’s 2018 National Auditions, Eric is the first horn player to be a part of their roster.
As a passionate chamber musician, Eric has been a founding member of multiple chamber groups including The Brass Project and a prize winner at The Fischoff Competition. He has toured the United States extensively with among others, Frisson Ensemble and The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. Eric has been a featured artist at various chamber music festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Ostrava Days in Czech Republic, and Cape Cod Music Festival.
Passionate about expanding repertoire for the horn, Eric regularly has commissioned and premiered over 60 new works for horn as a solo instrument and in chamber settings. Alongside composer Nick DiBerardino and The Brass Project, Eric curated an initiative called “Cityscaping” which generated thirty-five new pieces of engaging civic music for outdoor performance.
As an orchestral musician, Eric is currently Principal Horn of Symphony in C and has appeared with orchestras in the United States and internationally such as the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, The Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra of Israel, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. He can also regularly be heard in New York City’s various Broadway pit orchestras.
Eric received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School.
As a performer and educator, Nozomi Imamura seeks out ways to connect, mentor, and inspire communities around him to reach their potential through music.
Nozomi is a Philadelphia-based trumpeter and teaching artist. He joined the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra as Second Trumpet in March 2020, and frequently performs with the Allentown Symphony, Reading Symphony, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles, and has been invited as Guest Principal Trumpet in the Onpaku Special Orchestra in Nagakute, Japan. He has participated in several music festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Lake George Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival.
Nozomi joined the Curtis Institute of Music as the Coordinator of Community Performances in September 2019, and since September 2018 has been a teaching artist for Project 440’s curriculum “Doing Good,” an intensive after-school entrepreneurial program that provides guidance to high school musicians who want to positively impact their communities. He has recently completed the Curtis Institute of Music’s Community Artist Fellowship under the tutelage of Mary Javian, a program that brings artistry to underserved communities in Philadelphia. As part of the fellowship, he provided instruction and ensemble building during and after school at South Philadelphia High School.
Nozomi holds a BM from the Curtis Institute of Music and a MM from the Yale School of Music where he was the recipient of the Presser Foundation Graduate Music Award. His principal teachers were Eric Schweingruber, David Bilger, and Allan Dean.
New York City-based tenor and bass trombonist Daniel Schwalbach enjoys a varied career of orchestral playing and chamber music. Mr. Schwalbach joined the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as Co-Principal Trombone for their 2016-2017 season and has since performed with major orchestras throughout North America including the Atlanta Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, and American Ballet Theater Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Schwalbach is a founding member of The Brass Project, a flexible brass sextet devoted to expanding the brass chamber repertoire by commissioning, performing, and recording new works. The Brass Project’s entrepreneurial activities include the recent release of their first album, Cityscaping, a collection of commissions that features works by Pulitzer and Rome Prize-winning composers.
Mr. Schwalbach has performed in prestigious chamber music residencies and festivals including the Bravo! Vail Music Festival (2019), Rockport Music (2019), American Brass Quintet Seminar at Aspen (2018), Tanglewood Music Center (2014) Santa Fe Pro Musica (2016), and Music from Angel Fire (2016), the latter at which he collaborated with Ida Kavafian, Gregory Zuber, and Peter Lloyd for a staged performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat.
Daniel was born and raised in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, where he was a student of Samuel Schlosser. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Nitzan Haroz, Matthew Vaughn, Blair Bollinger, and Craig Knox. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, Marié, a violinist in the New York Philharmonic.
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Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year and programs that bring arts access and education to the community. This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit Curtis.edu.
ABOUT CURTIS ON TOUR
Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Grounded in the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performing, musicians offer master classes, interactive programs, and community engagement activities while on tour. Curtis on Tour also facilitates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with professional orchestras and recital series. Since the program was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 375 concerts in over 100 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.