Curtis’s David Serkin Ludwig to head Juilliard School’s music division

Posted on: May 7, 2021

“Composer David Serkin Ludwig, who joined the Curtis Institute of Music nearly two decades ago and has held various leadership positions at the school, is leaving to become dean and director of the Juilliard School’s music division,” writes Peter Dobrin in Thursday’s (5/6) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Ludwig, 48, a Bucks County native … attended the conservatory from 1997-2001, and his grandfather, pianist Rudolf Serkin, was director in the 1960s and ‘70s. ‘I’ve loved my time at the school,’ … Ludwig said. ‘But this is an opportunity to have a really big impact on the field and to make a difference.’ At Curtis, he … is currently a composition teacher, adviser to the president, chair of composition studies, and director of Curtis’ Ensemble 20/21. He holds degrees and certificates from Juilliard, the Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to Curtis. He has been a prolific and visible composer…. Recently, he was commissioned by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society to write a sextet slated to be premiered by the Aizuri Quartet, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and flutist Demarre McGill in January. Juilliard’s music division, with about 700 students, is several times the size of Curtis.”