Dr. Nick Curry, cello

Dr. Nick Curry was appointed as Professor of Cello at the University of North Florida in 2007. He is a founding member of Trio Florida, with violinist Simon Shiao and pianist Gary Smart, featuring new compositions as well as timeless classics. From 2004–2007, he served as the professor of cello and the cellist in the Rawlins Piano Trio at the University of South Dakota.

He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied cello with David Starkweather from the University of Georgia. Nick received his Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt, where he studied with Grace Mihi Bahng. While at Vanderbilt, he served as Professor Bahng’s teaching assistant and was the recipient of the Jean Keller Heard Award for Excellence in string performance. Nick then served as Hans Jorgen Jensen’s teaching assistant for five years at Northwestern University, where he earned his Master of Music and Doctoral degrees. He also was the teaching assistant to Professor Jensen at the Meadowmount School of Music for four summers. While at Northwestern, Nick performed as a soloist with the Northwestern Philharmonic Orchestra and won the Northwestern Chamber Music Competition.

Nick has played in master classes for Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirschbaum, Paul Katz, David Geber, the Emerson String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, and the Blair String Quartet. Private studies have also included Harvey Shapiro, David Finckel, and John Kochanowski. Nick has played concerts in Taiwan, Turkey, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Slovenia, South Africa, Canada, and throughout the United States. He has presented at the ASTA and CMS national conferences, is a sought after clinician and adjudicator, and plans special projects for the state chapter of the American String Teachers Association. His article on practicing intonation was published by the AST quarterly journal in November 2011.

In April of 2006, he performed as a soloist on National Public Radio (USA) Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion on the King Amati (ca. 1538) cello. The performance was heard by over 4,000 people live and by approximately 4 million on radio and can be found on the Prairie Home Companion website archives. In summer 2012, Dr. Curry was visiting faculty at the prestigious Meadowmount School of Music; he premiered a work for solo cello and choir by Daniel Roumain, performing it across South Africa; and he served on faculty at the Tennessee Valley Music Festival.