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Jeremy Kurtz

Écrit par Thierry Barbé. Posted in Classique

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San Diego Symphony principal bassist Jeremy Kurtz has a diverse musical background that includes solo, chamber and orchestral performance. He is the winner of numerous competitions, including the 1997 International Society of Bassists solo competition, and was the only bassist to be featured in Strad Magazine’s January 2000 “New Century, New Talent” issue. 

His recital experience is extensive, including solo appearances in Houston, Memphis, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and appearances at several International Society of Bassists conventions.  He performed Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison’s bass concerto with the San Diego Symphony in March 2007 as one of 15 bassists participating in the coast-to-coast premiere of the piece, and has also appeared as soloist with New Jersey's Riverside Symphonia and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. 

Mr. Kurtz has performed chamber music at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. A graduate of the Curtis Institute and Rice University, his main teachers have included Harold Robinson, Timothy Pitts, and Paul Ellison.  His wide musical interests have also led him to study with such artists as jazz bassist John Clayton and classical/bluegrass bassist-extraordinaire Edgar Meyer.  In addition to his performing pursuits, Mr. Kurtz is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists, and is on the music faculty at San Diego State University and Idyllwild Arts Academy.