Curtis J. Stewart was born into a family of “avante” leaning musicians; his father, radical jazz tuba pioneer Bob Stewart and mother Elektra Kurtis, soulful Greek/Jazz violinist formed the framework of his sound world through daring improvisation, rigorous western classical training, and conceptual composition. Stewart delves into the human nature of the violin; its infinite shades of expression, tapping into the deep connections and conflicts of our humanity across time, and culture. Stewart’s mission is to champion the contemporary, and search for connection in this seemingly chaotic and disperse world, morphing the seemingly divergent into the complementary and symbiotic.
Curtis J. Stewart is a genre bending violinist, who has enjoyed an eclectic career bouncing between various realms of music: ranging from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and performance installations at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Stewart currently teaches at the Fiorella H. LaGuardia High School for Music Art and Performing Arts, and is on faculty at the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Jazz Academy.