Pianist, Harpsichordist, Educator
"... he proved himself to be an artist of considerable finish and even more promise."
Peter Jacobi, Bloomington Herald Times
Dr. Curtis Pavey is a pianist, harpsichordist, scholar, and educator. Performing works from the 16th through the 21st centuries, he feels equally at home performing at the piano or at the harpsichord.
As a pianist, Curtis engages audiences with intellectual and thoughtful interpretations. In the past year, Curtis performed multiple recitals throughout the Midwest including in Cincinnati and Madison, Indiana. In August 2021, Curtis was named a finalist in the 2021 Beardsley Cup Piano Prize Competition. As a soloist, Curtis has performed in the Oklahoma Mozart Festival, the Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop (EASPW), the Great Lakes Chamber Festival, and the Madison Performing Arts Foundation. Curtis has a special interest in the music of Maurice Ravel and is currently working to learn his complete piano music. In 2016, Curtis won the EASPW Chamber Music Competition and performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 with guest artists including Sarah Kapustin, Godfried Hoogeveen, and Marcus Thompson. The following year, he won the EASPW Solo Piano Competition. He has performed in master classes for renowned pianists Julian Martin, Emile Naoumoff, Su Bin, Bruce Brubaker, Olga Kern, and Malcolm Bislon. He has also privately worked with Jerome Lowenthal, Peter Bithell, Jon Nakamatsu, Crystal Lee, and Amy Yang.
In 2021, Curtis was recognized as a member of Diapason Magazine’s “20 Under 30 – Class of 2021,” recognizing rising stars in the organ and harpsichord fields. He was a semifinalist in the 2020 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. Curtis was acclaimed by Peter Jacobi of the Herald Times, who described him as “an artist of considerable finish and even more promise” after his opening debut recital in the Bloomington Early Music Festival as an “Emerging Artist.” In October 2017 and January 2018, Curtis performed Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055 with the IU Baroque Orchestra. As a continuo player, Curtis has performed in the Bloomington Early Music Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival in addition to performances around Cincinnati with choral and instrumental ensembles. He has coached with many distinguished early music specialists including Elisabeth Wright, Jacques Ogg, Wilbert Hazlezet, Alexander Weimann, John Butt, Debra Nagy, Dana Marsh, Stanley Ritchie, Richard Egarr, and Bruce Dickey.
Curtis regularly collaborates in a number of ensemble settings. He was chosen to perform amongst CCM faculty pianists James Tocco and Dr. Dror Biran in Stravinsky’s Les Noces. With pianist Helena Hyesoo Kim, Curtis performed a four-hands piano recital in Madison, Indiana at the Madison Performing Arts Foundation Series. Curtis performed works of Handel as well as Schubert’s complete Die Winterreise, D. 911 with bass-baritone Daren Small. Working with contemporary composer Hojin Lee, he performed her Four Miniatures for Flute and Piano (2009) in a concert of the composer’s works. With the Loeffler Trio, he has performed and recorded works for oboe, viola, and piano.
Besides performing, Curtis enjoys an active teaching career. At the University of Cincinnati, Curtis served as a Graduate Assistant in Secondary Piano, where he taught group piano classes and applied lessons to undergraduate and graduate students. Curtis also taught applied harpsichord and continuo lessons. At Indiana University, he held an Associate Instructor and Coordinator of Music Theory position, where he taught undergraduate written and aural theory classes. He also was a member of the pre-college piano faculty through Indiana University’s program Young Pianists. Outside of his collegiate teaching, he maintains a private studio in Cincinnati and at Willis Music in Kenwood, Ohio where he works with both children and adults. Curtis’ students are active performers in the communities and competitors in piano competitions. He is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association and has presented talks at many prominent conferences including the Music Teachers National Association National Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Piano Pedagogy Symposium, and the Ohio/Kentucky Music Teachers Association Conference.
Curtis received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati where he studied with Professor James Tocco. He completed a cognate in harpsichord under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Unger and a cognate in piano pedagogy under the joint direction of Dr. Michelle Conda and Dr. Andy Villemez. Prior to his studies in Cincinnati, Curtis studied at Indiana University where he graduated from the Bachelor of Music – Piano Performance and Master of Music – Piano Performance and Early Music Harpsichord programs. During his time at IU, he worked with Professors Edward Auer, Elisabeth Wright, Lee Phillips, and Evelyne Brancart.
SELECT RECENT AND FUTURE PERFORMANCES
December 23, 2021 - Four-Hands Piano Concert - Wind Crest Senior Living Community, Highlands Ranch, CO
December 20, 2021 - Solo/Four-Hands Piano Concert - Private Home, Highlands Ranch, CO
December 12, 2021 - Four-Hands Piano Concert - Classical Revolution Cincinnati
November 7, 2021 - Handel Oratorio Concert - St. Catharine of Sienna, Cincinnati
October 31, 2021 - Buxtehude's "Membra Jesu nostri" - CCM Chamber Choir - Christ Church Cathedral Cincinnati
October 22, 2021 - Solo/Four-Hands Piano Concert - Madison Performing Arts Foundation
October 10, 2021 - Four Hands Piano Concert - Classical Revolution Cincinnati
October 8, 2021 - Four Hands Piano Concert - The Glen Senior Living Cincinnati
September 18, 2021 - Beardsley Cup Piano Prize Competition - Ruthmere Mansion, Elkhart, IN
August 7, 2021 - Semifinalist Concert - Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
August 6, 2021 - Jurow International Harpsichord Competition Semifinals - The Baroque Room, St. Paul, MN
July 31, 2021 - Harpsichord Recital - CCM Organ Studio
April 15, 2021 - DMA Lecture Recital - Watson Hall CCM
March 15, 2021 - DMA Harpsichord Recital - Werner Hall CCM
March 11, 2021 - Loeffler Trio Performance - CCM
November 17, 2020 - DMA Solo Recital - Werner Hall CCM
November 3, 2020 - Music Live @ Lunch Series - Christ Church Cathedral
October 1, 2020 - Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 - Corbett Auditorium CCM
August 9, 2020 - Young Artists Concert - Live Virtual Concert
March 13, 2020 - Hannah Lohr-Pearson MM Recital - Watson Recital Hall CCM
March 6, 2020 - MTNA Showcase Recital - Church of Our Savior
February 29, 2020 - Great Lakes Chamber Festival Vignette - Detroit, MI
February 21, 2020 - Daren Small DMA Recital - Mary Emery Hall CCM
November 17, 2019 - Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Book II Recital with Professor James Tocco's Piano Studio - Werner Hall CCM
November 5, 2019 - Harpsichord Studio Recital - Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati
October 31, 2019 - Hojin Lee Composition Recital - Werner Hall CCM
October 30, 2019 - DMA Chamber Recital - Werner Hall CCM
September 23, 2019 - Schubert's "Winterreise" with Daren Small - Werner Hall CCM
August 10, 2019 - Solo Recital in Highlands Ranch, CO
June 29 - July 9, 2019 - Berwick Academy Performances at the Oregon Bach Festival - Berwick and Beall Halls
June 9, 2019 - "Concert Number 1" - Church of our Savior
April 2, 2019 - Grant Jackson Senior Recital - Watson Hall CCM
March 28, 2019 - Solo DMA Piano Recital - Werner Hall CCM
February 21, 2019 - Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Recital with Professor James Tocco's Piano Studio - Werner Hall CCM
February 17, 2019 - Stravinsky Les Noces - Corbett Auditorium CCM
February 14, 2019 - Daren Small DMA Recital - Werner Hall CCM
October 17, 2018 - CCM Chamber Singers - Bach Cantata BWV 144 - Nimm was dein ist, und gehe hin
September 27, 2018 - Sebastian Arredondo DMA Recital - Werner Hall CCM
July 26, 2018 - Edward Auer Summer Workshop - Senior Competition Winners Recital - Auer Hall
CURTIS PAVEY PIANO STUDIO
Teaching piano lessons is one of my many passions - I enjoy sharing and instilling a love of music in others! With ten years of teaching experience, I've taught a variety of ages (including adult learners), levels, and backgrounds. Currently, I maintain a private piano studio in the Cincinnati area and at Willis Music - Kenwood. My students represent a variety of learners and abilities. Recently, many of my students have participated in local festivals and competitions. Please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in lessons.
In addition to piano lessons, I offer private tutoring or lessons in music theory. At Indiana University, I spent three years working as an Associate Instructor in Music Theory, where I taught written and aural undergraduate theory classes. Whether you are interested in learning fundamentals or are ready to learn rules of part-writing and analysis, I'm happy to help guide you.
Exceptional professionalism, always attentive to the needs of the student and willing to adapt based on the student's learning style and goals.
Curtis has been a wonderful teacher for my son. The progress that my son made over the past year with Curtis was phenomenal. They both interacted well and Curtis knew exactly what my son liked and steered him towards that and at the same time encouraged him to learn other genres as well. Curtis and my son developed a great connection which I hope continues in future. Curtis is a positive and passionate piano teacher.
Curtis was a fantastic piano teacher for my daughter! He was patient, fun, diligent and amazingly knowledgeable! He really concentrated for the entire lesson on making her a better piano player and each lesson was completely worthwhile!