Curtis J Stewart | Violin
Holding his audiences “spellbound” with his “warm, clear sound…sparkling rhythmic energy,” “soulful improvisation” and “prodigious technique,” Curtis has performed as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, in Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. (New Amsterdam Times, The Morning Call, SoundWordSight) He has made chamber music appearances at Zankel Hall, and the Newport Jazz Festival, and received special mention from JazzTimes, and Downbeat Magazines. STRAD Magazine called Curtis “a gem of string player, among the excellent musicians…whose impressive work contributed to many of the night's high points…his swinging flights were among the most memorable.”
Curtis’ eclectic background has led him to concerts in many different realms of music from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean, and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie wonder, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and performance installations at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art with Jason Moran. His ensembles perform frequently at Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, National Public Radio, Rochester Jazz Festival, NYC SummerStage, BAM, The PUBLIC Theater, Lincoln Center, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, and many others. Curtis has worked with today’s prominent musicians including Henry Threadgill, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Billy Childs, members of Snarky Puppy, Don Byron, Linda Oh, Ari Hoenig, Matt Wilson, Jason Lindner, Edmar Casteneda, among many others. Mentors include members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, American, Dedalus, Boromeo, Brentano, Uptown, and Turtle Island String Quartets, composers Joan Tower, Marcos Balter, Nadia Sirota, and Butch Morris.
A supporter and practitioner of many styles of music, Curtis continues to expand and blend all the elements of his stylistic and expressive range, developing a unique and relevant voice in New York’s boundless music scene.