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Who was Max Aronoff?


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Max Aronoff was violist of the Curtis String Quartet and teacher at the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Mr. Aronoff was the first student admitted to Curtis when the school opened and was in its first graduating class in 1934. While a student, Max Aronoff studied with Carl Flesch and Louis Bailly, both legendary teachers in their time. Upon graduation, Mr. Aronoff joined the Curtis faculty, a position he held until his death. In 1943 Max Aronoff founded the New School of Music. Under his direction, the New School developed a fine reputation as a conservatory, specializing in training orchestral musicians.


[Joyce and Max]

Max Aronoff works on MAVI co-founder Joyce Ramée's bow arm.
Photo courtesy of the Curtis Institute of Music


During the fifty-two year performing career of the Curtis String Quartet, Max Aronoff and his colleagues toured the United States and Europe. They performed for such prestigious audiences as the White House and the Queen of England, as well as on many educational and cultural series in and around Philadelphia. They never stayed away from their teaching posts at Curtis and New School for long, and their dedication to training young musicians was respected throughout the musical world. For two generations, students of Max Aronoff have been among the most accomplished violists in professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, and teaching positions at conservatories and universities throughout the United States. The Max Aronoff Viola Institute ("MAVI") was founded to honor the memory of this musical genius and to continue his teaching legacy.

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The Curtis Quartet