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About Kurt Eric Galván

Kurt Eric GalvánPianist Kurt Eric Galván is active as a performer in his native Connecticut. He studied with Neal Larrabee, Minyoung Lee, and Irma Vallecillo at the University of Connecticut (BM, 2009; Performer’s Certificate, 2010; MM, 2012) and subsequently with Jean Barr at the Eastman School of Music (MM, Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, 2014).

Kurt performed regularly with both the University of Connecticut’s Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Performances included appearances as the soloist in Schwantner’s …and the mountains rising nowhere, Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Hindemith’s Kammermusik Op. 49, and the premiere of Sheila Silver’s opera The Wooden Sword as part of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Competition.

Currently pursuing his DMA at Eastman under the direction of Dr. Jean Barr, Kurt has served as pianist with all of the school’s large ensembles. Additional highlights include performances during Eastman’s Plays Well with Others, a concert in celebration of the Accompanying Program’s 25th anniversary (2014); André Previn’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano in a concert celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday (2015); and guest-composer Steve Reich’s 2013 Quartet with Music Nova in celebration of his recent works (2016).

Mr. Galván has been a prize-winner in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. In 2015, Kurt was invited to participate in the Oxford Lieder Festival (UK), where he worked with Roger Vignoles and Imogen Cooper. In the summer of 2017, Kurt performed across south-east Asia at a variety of venues, including Yamaha Hall in Seoul, Izumi Hall in Tokyo, and the Shanghai Conservatory. Recently, Mr. Galván premiered John Psathas’ Cloud Folk with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis.

Kurt Galván currently holds a teaching assistantship in Music Theory, and a graduate assistantship in Piano Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music. He also holds an adjunct position at Alfred University in the southern tier of New York, where he teaches class piano and private lessons.

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