I am delighted that over the next two seasons I have the opportunity to collaborate on the creation of a new Violin Concerto. I will be collaborating with Andrej Kurti  on this project that will culminate in a world premiere of the work with the Rapides Symphony in 2019.

Andrej Kurti, Violin

Andrej Kurti, Violin

Internationally acclaimed violinist Andrej Kurti was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where he began his violin carrier in the studio of professor Djula Tešenji. He continued his studies in Moscow “Tchaikovsky” Conservatory in studios of professors Levon Ambartsumian and Zorya Schikmurzaeva. Kurti finished his graduate studies in the University of Georgia, where he received a doctorate degree in violin performance. He was a recipient of five first prizes in competitions in Yugoslavia, four first prizes in competitions in Georgia and Florida, and a finalist of the MTNA (Music Teacher National Association) Competition in 1998. In 2000, Kurti became a recording artist for classical label Blue Griffin Recording, for which he later recorded Six Sonatas for Violin Solo by Eugene Ysaye, op. 27. Classics Today and American Record Guide wrote…”his near-perfect intonation, assured technique (check out the Third Sonata’s climactic double stops), and intelligent shaping of polyphony”…”Kurti is an excellent violinist and musician, very musical and stylish, and these are some of the better performances of these sonatas that I have heard…you couldn’t go wrong if you had this disc as your only recording of these works.” In 2004, Kurti became a professor of violin at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras in the United States, Serbia, Montenegro, Italy, Greece, Russia and France. He also appeared as a chamber performer in Spain, France, Latvia, Canada, and South Korea. In non-classical music world, Kurti performed and arranged on more than forty albums of popular and modern music, which he recorded for many different music labels in the United States. Kurti has been invited to several international music festivals where he most often performed music written for solo violin. In 2015, Kurti performed Ysaye’s op.27 in Road to Carnegie nation-wide recital series, culminating with his Carnegie Hall debut. Most recently, Kurti has remained a very active concert violinist, where, besides solo and chamber recitals, he appears as a soloist with chamber and symphony orchestras in United States and abroad, performing masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Williams and Sarasate. For more information visit www.andrejkurti.com