2024—25 Artists-in-Residence

  • <p>Meredith Monk</p>
  • <p>Curtis Stewart</p>
  • <p>Simone Dinnerstein</p>

Meredith Monk, Simone Dinnerstein & Curtis Stewart

The 2024-25 Kaufman Music Center Artists-in-Residence are visionary composer, singer, director and choreographer Meredith Monk, Grammy-nominated violinist and composer Curtis Stewart, and Grammy-nominated pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

Kaufman Music Center’s Artists-in-Residence are pioneering composers, performers and ensembles who are developing groundbreaking multidisciplinary projects as well as educational opportunities to mentor and inspire. From masterclasses to imaginative performance experiences, you’ll find them on stage at Merkin Hall, in our classrooms and out in the community participating in dynamic and engaging learning experiences with students across our programs.

Lead support for Kaufman Music Center’s Artists-in-Residence Program is provided by The Roz Lasker Artist Mentorship Fund.


Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.” Monk creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound, discovering and weaving together new modes of perception. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies and memories for which there are no words. The recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” Monk has been hailed as one of National Public Radio’s 50 Great Voices, a “magician of the voice” and “one of America’s coolest composers.”

MAY 30 | Performance of works spanning Monk's career, plus a world premiere, with new music supergroup Alarm Will Sound

Curtis Stewart

Praised for “combining omnivory and brilliance” (The New York Times), four-time Grammy Award-nominated violinist and composer Curtis Stewart translates stories of American self-determination to the concert stage. Tearing down the facade of “classical violinist,” Stewart is in constant pursuit of his musical authenticity, treating art as a battery for realizing citizenship. As a solo violinist, composer, Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra, professor at The Juilliard School, and member of award-winning ensembles PUBLIQuartet and The Mighty Third Rail, he realizes a vision to find personal and powerful connections between styles, cultures and musics. As a soloist, Curtis Stewart has been presented by Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Cal Performances, Washington Performing Arts, Virginia Arts Festival, The Juilliard School and the 2022 Grammy Awards among many others.

FEB 27 | Student Showcase Concert featuring Stewart and Kaufman student string players
APR 25 | Stewart gives the world premiere of his 24 American Caprices

Simone Dinnerstein

The Washington Post has called the Grammy-nominated pianist “an artist of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity.” She first came to wider public attention in 2007 through her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, reflecting an aesthetic that was both deeply rooted in the score and profoundly idiosyncratic. She is, wrote The New York Times, “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.” Dinnerstein has played with orchestras ranging from the New York Philharmonic and Montreal Symphony Orchestra to the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Seoul Arts Center and Sydney Opera House. She has made thirteen albums, all of which topped the Billboard charts.

MAY 12 | Performance of Philip Glass Concerti with the Brooklyn Orchestra
MAY 22 | Public Masterclass on Bach keyboard concerti with pianists from Kaufman’s Special Music School High School
JUN 08 | Performance of Philip Glass Études with Lucy Moses School students and faculty

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