Curtis Sydnor

Piano

BIOGRAPHY

Curt is a pianist and composer recently relocated from Chicago who has studied and performed extensively in the United States and abroad. Born in Lynchburg, VA, Curt studied classical music for most of his childhood, culminating in two years of study at Moscow’s Russian Academy of Music. After moving back to the States and enrolling at Indiana University, Curt’s interests shifted towards jazz composition and performance. In 2010 he won a Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Arrangement. In 2011, his music was selected to be recorded by the Owl Studios record label as part of its Emerging Jazz Artist Project, and is being prepared for release under the group name Disassembly. Curt has recently begun teaching and performing in New York City, where he is developing a new work inspired by American Architect Louis Sullivan.

EDUCATION

Bachelor and Master of Arts,
Master in Piano Performance and Jazz Studies

SCHOOL(S)

Vanderbilt University
Russian Academy of Music
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

PRINCIPAL TEACHERS

Ray Luck, Amy Dorfman, Arkadi Sevidov, Leonid Blok, Arnaldo Cohen, David Baker, Luke Gillespie, Brent Wallarab

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Jazz clubs and concert halls throughout the US and Russia including Chicago Cultural Center, Artist’s Quarter in St. Paul, Exit⁄In in Nashville, Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, Russian Museum of Folk Art, Chekhov Museum.

SUMMER FESTIVALS

Aspen, Wintergreen

COMPETITIONS / SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS

Owl Studios Emerging Jazz Artist Award
Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Arrangement
2008 Gurr Fellow in Composition at Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, performing in premiere of new trio for piano and strings.

SPECIAL INTERESTS

History, Literature