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Miyo Curnow - Behind the Scenes

December 03, 2012

Miyo Curnow Violin

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? I was born and raised in New York City. My mother taught elementary school music and my father was a freelance cellist.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? The Bach Double Violin Concerto—I love the slow movement.

What is your most treasured possession? I don't really have one, but if I had to name something I guess it would have to be photos or videos of my family—my husband is a fantastic videographer!

What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Jakes in Manayunk.

What’s in your instrument case? Pictures of my kids, extra strings, music, pencils, cough drops, a nail clipper, finger tape (for when they split), humidifier (which I always forget to fill), band-aids, rosin, earplugs. Oh yes, and violin and bow of course!

If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I would ask both Brahms and Schumann why they only wrote four symphonies!

What piece of music never fails to move you? A recording of Brahms’s Opp. 118 and 119 piano pieces by Radu Lupu.

When did you join the Orchestra? 2002.

Do you play any other instruments? No.

What’s your favorite type of food? Teuscher chocolate, all you need is one.

What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader? Living Out Loud by Anna Quindlen, hard copy. The only person with an e-reader in my house is my oldest daughter!

Do you speak any other languages? No, maybe about 10 words max of Japanese.

Do you follow any blogs? No.

Do you have any hobbies? Not at the moment. I have two kids, ages eight and five, and they keep me pretty busy when I'm not working! Maybe when they are older I might have some extra time.

Do you have a favorite movie? Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Is there a piece of music that isn’t in the standard orchestral repertoire that should be? Alexander Zemlinsky's The Mermaid.

What’s the last recording you purchased? “One Thing” by One Direction (for my eight year old!).

When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? My father has many Philadelphia Orchestra recordings that he would play when I was a child.

Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? Carnegie Hall. I am always amazed and surprised every time we play there. It makes the performance so much more rewarding for me!

Curnow Photo by Bob Mader

Bottom: The interior of Miyo Curnow's violin case.

Read other "Musicians Behind the Scenes" Playbill features.