Curtis Stewart

Stewart pans for solid gold, thus revealing impulses trapped inside millennia of sediment.This blazing violinist has made an indelible mark, shaking the cotton from its prison with gusts of innovation”
-Tyran Grillo, All About Jazz

“he shows his audience the colors inside of himself—color(s) not yet invented. Far from self-indulgent, it is self-revelatory. It is vulnerable. It is creation.
-Travis Rodgers, JazzTimes


Curtis Stewart enjoys an eclectic career bouncing between various realms of music: from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal, 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.

Curtis has performed as a classical soloist at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, made chamber music appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Newport Jazz Festival. His ensembles PUBLIQuartet and The Mighty Third Rail realize a vision to find personal and powerful connections between styles, cultures and musics. Curtis has worked with today's forward thinking musicians including Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, members of International Contemporary Ensemble, Billy Childs, the JACK quartet, members of Snarky Puppy, Don Byron, Linda Oh,  Ari Hoenig, Matt Wilson, among many others.

An avid teacher, he taught at the Laguardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts for ten years, and is currently is the Chamber Music Manager at the Juilliard School , in New York City. Curtis graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music with a BA of Mathematics from the University of Rochester.

Season Highlights:

9/14/19 Solist on Broadway show; Hadestown

10/24/19 PUBLIQuartet @ the Cliburn Concerts in Ft Worth, TX

12/13/19 PUBLIQuartet @ Carolina Performing Arts


“Holds his audiences “spellbound” with a “warm, clear sound, sparkling rhythmic energy, soulful improvisation, and prodigious technique.”
- JazzTimes, Downbeat, New Amsterdam Times

“A gem of string player, among the excellent musicians whose impressive work contributed to many of the night's high points.”
-Strad Magazine