Michael Kurth

Artist Affiliate: Double Bass Instructor

Bass, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Biography

Michael Kurth (b. 1971) has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bass section since 1994. Before joining the ASO, he served as Co-Principle Bass of the New World Symphony for one season. He studied bass at Peabody Conservatory with Harold Robinson.

The ASO has given world premieres of two of his orchestral works: May Cause Dizziness, in 2011, under Robert Abbado; and Everything Lasts Forever, in 2013, under Music Director Robert Spano.  His third ASO commission will be premiered during the 2015-16 season.

Kurth serves as Composer-In-Residence for the Riverside Chamber Players of Roswell, GA. Riverside has premiered many of his chamber works, including the string quartet Easy Listening, and two string quintets plus percussion: Opting Out of Irony; and Because They Wave Back. In November 2013, they premiered his oboe quartet Three Dances for Two Left Feet.

In 2012, Riverside recorded The Music of Michael Kurth: String Quartets, available on ITunes and Amazon.

In December 2013, The Florida Orchestra premiered his Variations on an Old French Carol.

Kurth has been commissioned twice by the Atlanta Chamber Players. Other groups that have performed his works include The Atlanta Young Singers, The Peachtree String Quartet, The Franklin Pond Quartet, Concert Artists Guild-award-winning violist Jennifer Stumm, The Georgia Sinfonia, The Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, The Georgia State University Wind Ensemble, and Modern Dance Company gloATL.

He serves as Artist Affiliate in Double Bass at Emory University.