Curt Thompson is Associate Professor and Head of Strings at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He is Founder and Executive Director of the Fort Worth, Texas-based MIMIR Chamber Music Festival.
Thompson performs throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia as concerto soloist, recitalist, concertmaster and chamber musician. His debut recording of Charles Ives’ violin sonatas on the Naxos label has received outstanding reviews worldwide, including Gramophone, The Strad, The Wire, and The New York Times. Concerto appearances include the Qingdao Symphony (China), Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra (Colombia), the symphonies of Corpus Christi (San Angelo), Las Colinas, Irving, Arlington and Garland (Texas), and the Texas Chamber Orchestra. He has also been a featured artist in the Copland/Shostakovich Festival (Rio de Janeiro), the Festival de Primavera (Oaxaca, Mexico), the Seventh Centennial Festival of Villarobledo (Spain), and Inter-Harmony International Music Festival (Hinterzarten, Germany).
As Concertmaster, Thompson has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy), and the Corpus Christi, Las Colinas, and San Angelo symphonies. He has given masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music (London), The Juilliard School, Beijing Central Conservatory, El Escorial Conservatory (Spain), and the Bulgarian State Academy of Music. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University. His principal teachers include Nelli Shkolnikova, Sergiu Luca and Rostislav Dubinsky.