Artist-in-Residence; Double Bass and Chamber Music
Kurt Muroki, a native of Maui, Hawaii, began his musical studies on the violin at the age of six and subsequently performed concerti with the Honolulu Symphony and the Maui Symphony. Mr. Muroki went on to study the Double bass at the age of 13 and entered the Juilliard School of Music at 17 studying with his teacher / mentor Homer R. Mensch. At the age of 21 Kurt began performing with the internationally renowned Sejong Soloists under ICM Management. Kurt has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Jupiter Chamber Players, Concertante Chamber Players , Speculum Musicae, "Great Performers" series at Lincoln Center, Ensemble Sospeso, Sequitur, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Tokyo Opera Nomori, New York City Ballet, Ensemble 21 at IRCAM, 92nd St. Y, and Bargemusic and festivals including Marlboro Music Festival, Festival L'Autonne at IRCAM, and Saito Kinen to name a few. Kurt is also active playing movies, commercials, popular, and classical recordings with titles including the Oscar winning film "The Departed", "The Good Shepherd", "Hitch", "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead", "The Manchurian Candidate", “Roger Daltrey Sings Pete Townshend” - The Who, "Halcyon Days" - Bruce Hornsby. Mr. Muroki has won numerous competitions including 1st prize in the Aspen Music Festival double bass competition, the first bassist to win the New World Symphony concerto competition, and the Honolulu Symphony Young Artists competition. He has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Tokyo, Orion quartets, Ensemble Wein-Berlin, Jaime Laredo, Lynn Harrell, Maurice Bourgue, Toru Takemitsu, Peter Schickele, John Zorn, and Brian Ferneyhough among others, and has performed concerto tours throughout Asia and the United States. Mr. Muroki is currently the double bass teacher at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Juilliard School, Stony Brook University,and the New Jersey City University. Mr Muroki is also on the Board of directors of the International Society of Bassists and is a D'Addario Strings Artist.
Kurt plays on a double bass once owned by Domenico Dragonetti and attributed to Nicolo Amati circa 1665 and bows made by G. Lucchi & Sons and others.