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Curt Thompson, Concertmaster

Curt ThompsonViolinist Curt Thompson performs throughout North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in such prestigious venues as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Salle Gaveau (Paris), Teatro Naçional de Costa Rica (San José), Shanghai Concert Hall, and others. Thompson’s debut recording on the Naxos label of the violin sonatas by Charles Ives has received outstanding reviews worldwide, including Gramophone, The Strad, The Wire, and The New York Times, where it was included in a listing of “Critics’ Favorites” and was called “…a hole in one…perfectly demonstrating [Ives’] spicy, earthy rawness and appeal...” The recording has been broadcast world wide, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, WRR 101.1 FM (Dallas), WGBH 89.7 (Boston), and Aspen Public Radio.

Curt's live performance of the four Ives sonatas was included in the annual “‘Top 10’ Musical Events of the Year” listing in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Concerto appearances include the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra (Qingdao, China), Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra (Colombia), the Corpus Christi Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, the Texas Chamber Orchestra, the symphonies of Las Colinas, Arlington and Garland (TX), and others. Mr. Thompson has been a featured artist in the Copland/Shostakovich Festival (Rio de Janeiro), the Festival de Primavera (Oaxaca, Mexico), the Seventh Centennial Festival of Villarobledo, Spain, Inter-Harmony International Music Festival (Hinterzarten, Germany) and Clefworks Chamber Music Festival (Montgomery, AL). In addition, he is Concertmaster of the Corpus Christi Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, and the Texas Chamber Orchestra, and has served as Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony (by special invitation) and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy).

Curt Thompson is Founder and Executive Director of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, held annually at TCU where he serves as Associate Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music Studies. The Festival, which will celebrate its 15th season July 2-13, 2012, has enjoyed critical acclaim by MetroPlex audiences and media. Both the Dallas Morning News (five times) and Fort Worth Star-Telegram (five times) have cited Mimir in their annual “Top 10 Musical Events of the Year” listings and it has been noted in The New York Times and Travel & Liesure magazine as a summer hot spot. Current activities include expanding Mimir’s presence nationally and internationally.

Mr. Thompson maintains a violin studio at the TCU School of Music, where he serves as Associate Professor of Violin. He has given master classes at several institutions including the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Bulgarian State Academy of Music (Sofia), El Escorial Conservatory (Spain), Beijing Central Conservatory, Shenyang Conservatory, and the University of Saõ Paulo (Brazil). In 2007 he served on the jury of the Pancho Vladigerov International Violin Competition (Plovdiv, Bulgaria). During the spring 2002 semester, he maintained a violin studio as Guest Artist/Lecturer at his alma mater, Indiana University, where years earlier he received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate while studying with Nelli Shkolnikova. In 2003 Thompson completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University where he studied with Sergiu Luca.

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