Praised by the New York Times for “combining omnivory and brilliance,” four-time Grammy Award-nominated violinist and composer Curtis Stewart translates stories of self-determination to the concert stage. As a solo violinist, composer, artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra; professor at the Juilliard School, and member of award-winning ensembles PUBLIQuartet and the Mighty Third Rail, he realizes a mission to find personal and powerful connections among styles, cultures and musics.
As a soloist, Stewart has been presented by Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Cal Performances, Washington Performing Arts, Virginia Arts Festival and the 2022 Grammy Awards, among many others. His 2021 album “Of Power (Bright Shiny Things)” was nominated for a Grammy Award for best classical instrumental solo.
Stewart has been commissioned to compose new works by the Seattle Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall’s Play/USA, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and members of the New York Philharmonic, the Knights, La Jolla Music Society, Sybarite 5, the New York Festival of Song, Newport Classical Festival, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Eastman Cello Institute, among others.
An avid teacher, Stewart teaches at the Juilliard School and the Perlman Music Program. For 10 years, he led all levels of music theory and orchestra at the LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City.
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