Pianist, Harpsichordist, Educator


"... he proved himself to be an artist of considerable finish and even more promise."

Peter Jacobi, Bloomington Herald Times



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 2019, he performed his debut recital in Cincinnati with an eclectic repertoire including works of Barber, Chopin, Debussy, and Copland. As a soloist, Curtis has performed in the Oklahoma Mozart Festival, the Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop (EASPW), and the Great Lakes Chamber Festival.  Curtis has also won numerous prizes.  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.

Curtis concertizes also as a harpsichordist in both solo and continuo settings. Curtis was recently accepted to compete in the 2020 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition.  He 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.  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, and Bruce Dickey.

In the 2019-20 season, Curtis collaborated 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.  Curtis performed of Handel and 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 newly formed Loeffler Trio, he has performed and recorded works for oboe, viola, and piano.

Besides performing, Curtis enjoys an active teaching career.  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 taught piano through Indiana University’s pre-college piano program, Young Pianists, as a member of the faculty.  At the University of Cincinnati, Curtis currently serves as a Graduate Assistant in Secondary Piano, where he teaches group piano classes and applied lessons to undergraduate and graduate students.  Curtis also teaches applied harpsichord and continuo lessons.  Outside of his collegiate teaching, he maintains a private studio 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 Chapter at CCM, organizing fundraising efforts and concerts as the Events Coordinator.

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.  Currently, Curtis is a doctoral piano student at the University of Cincinnati where he studies with Professor James Tocco.  He is completing 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. 



July 26, 2018 - Edward Auer Summer Workshop - Senior Competition Winners Recital - Auer Hall

September 27, 2018 - Sebastian Arredondo DMA Recital - Werner Hall CCM

October 17, 2018 - CCM Chamber Singers - Bach Cantata BWV 144 - Nimm was dein ist, und gehe hin

 February 14, 2019 - Daren Small DMA Recital - Werner Hall CCM

February 17, 2019 - Stravinsky Les Noces - Corbett Auditorium CCM

February 21, 2019 - Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Recital with Professor James Tocco's Piano Studio - Werner Hall CCM

March 28, 2019 - Solo DMA Piano Recital - Werner Hall CCM

April 2, 2019 - Grant Jackson Senior Recital - Watson Hall CCM

June 9, 2019 - "Concert Number 1" - Church of our Savior

June 29 - July 9, 2019 - Berwick Academy Performances at the Oregon Bach Festival - Berwick and Beall Halls

August 10, 2019 - Solo Recital in Highlands Ranch, CO

September 23, 2019 - Schubert's "Winterreise" with Daren Small - Werner Hall CCM

October 30, 2019 - DMA Chamber Recital - Werner Hall CCM

October 31, 2019 - Hojin Lee Composition Recital - Werner Hall CCM

November 5, 2019 - Harpsichord Studio Recital - Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati

November 17, 2019 - Bach Well-Tempered Clavier Book II Recital with Professor James Tocco's Piano Studio - Werner Hall CCM

February 21, 2020 - Daren Small DMA Recital - Mary Emery Hall CCM

February 29, 2020 - Great Lakes Chamber Festival Vignette - Detroit, MI

March 6, 2020 - MTNA Showcase Recital - Church of Our Savior

March 13, 2020 - Hannah Lohr-Pearson MM Recital - Watson Recital Hall CCM

August 9, 2020 - Young Artists Concert - Live Virtual Concert

October 1, 2020 - Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 - Corbett Auditorium CCM

November 3, 2020 - Music Live @ Lunch Series - Christ Church Cathedral

November 17, 2020 - DMA Solo Recital - Werner Hall CCM

March 11, 2021 - Loeffler Trio Performance - CCM

March 15, 2021 - DMA Harpsichord Recital - Werner Hall CCM

April 15, 2021 - DMA Lecture Recital - Watson Hall CCM







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 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 if you are interested in lessons.

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In addition to piano lessons, I offer private tutoring or lesson in music theory.  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.  At Indiana University, I spent three years working as an Associate Instructor in Music Theory, where I taught written and aural undergraduate theory classes.




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!



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