Curtis Stewart

SONiC Festival Curator

Three-time GRAMMY-nominated violinist/composer Curtis Stewart aims to translate stories of self determination to the concert stage. Tearing down the facade of  “Classical Violinist,” Stewart is in constant pursuit of his musical authenticity, treating art as a battery for realizing citizenship.

As a soloist, Stewart has been presented by Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, and the 2022 GRAMMY Awards, among many others. He has been commissioned for solo, orchestral and chamber works by the Virginia Symphony, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Eastman Cello Institute, The Knights, La Jolla Music Society, Sybarite5, curators of the New York Festival of Song, Newport Classical Festival, and Carnegie Hall: Play/USA, writing for Anthony Roth Costanzo and members of the New York Philharmonic. Read More


Ecstatic Music: Curtis Stewart of Love / of Time
Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 7:30pm

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by John Schaefer

Curtis Stewart, Grammy-nominated violinist and composer

Aaron Diehl, pianist and composer, 2022-23 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence

Harlem Quartet

Violinist/composer Curtis Stewart premieres new music with pianist and Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence Aaron Diehl, Harlem Quartet and chamber orchestra. Featuring the world premiere of Curtis’s ACO-commissioned work Embrace, the program brings new creative voices to the fore, in part through reinterpreting works from the past.