A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, cellist Charles Curtis has been Professor of Contemporary Music Performance at the University of California, San Diego since 2000. As an orchestral musician and concert soloist, he has performed under distinguished conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, André Previn, John Eliot Gardiner, and Max Rudolf.
Acknowledged internationally as a performer of new and experimental music, Curtis has been closely associated for over fifteen years with the avant-garde composer La Monte Young, having participated in more performances and premières of Young’s works than any other interpreter, and recognized as one of the few instrumentalists to have perfected Young’s highly complex just intonation tunings.
As an outgrowth of his intensive work with La Monte Young and his presence in the New York avant-garde rock scene, Curtis has evolved into a creative artist straddling the boundaries between art rock, sound art and minimalist composition.
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