Charles Curtis has been a professor in the Music Department of the Uni-
versity of California, San Diego, since Fall 2000. Previously he was Principal
Cello of the Symphony Orchestra of the North German Radio in Hamburg,
a faculty member at Princeton, the cellist of the Ridge String Quartet, and
a sought-after chamber musician and soloist in the classical repertoire. He
holds the Piatigorsky Prize of the New York Cello Society, and received
prizes in the Naumburg, Geneva and Cassado international competitions.
He has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the National
Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of Berlin,
the NDR Symphony, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orquestra
de la Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Janacek Philharmonic, as well as
orchestras in Brazil and Chile; under the baton of distinguished conductors
such as André Previn, Herbert Blomstedt, Max Rudolf, John Eliot Gardiner,
and Christof Eschenbach. His chamber music associations have taken him
to the Marlboro, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, La Jolla Summerfest, and Victoria
Festivals, among many others. He has recorded and performed widely
with soprano Kathleen Battle and harpsichordist Anthony Newman, as
well as with jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Brad

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