Matt Curlee plays two very diverse and original organ transcriptions on two diverse organs: Bach’s Goldberg Variations is played on the Flentrop Organ at Busch Hall, Harvard University and the final two movements from Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony are played upon the Reuter organ at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh.
This bio was current as of the release date of Pro Organo CD 7048 in 1999:
In 1996, Matt Curlee became the sixth American and one of the youngest organists ever to win the prestigious Grand Prix de Chartres competition in France. Matt is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Higgs, Gerre Hancock and Douglas Humpherys. His vigorous performing schedule takes him to dozens of churches, cathedrals, and concert halls throughout North America and Europe. He has been listed in the International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians, and in the fall of 1998, was a finalist in the Calgary International Organ Competition.
Matt lives with his wife, Alisa, in Rochester, New York, where he is active as both a performer and teacher. He is an Administrator at the Hochstein Music School and pursues an interest in jazz on the side.
An Austrian Neurotic in Graf Kaiserling’s Court Synopsis
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American Record Guide “Two very different kinds of music rethought for organ and played on two very different instruments.” - Haskins
The Diapason ... the debut CD of Grand Prix de Chartres First Prize Winner Matt Curlee. Its title is no doubt intended as a pun upon a literary reference to writing of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). The Austrian Neurotic in the musical program is obviously Gustav Mahler and likewise Graf Kaiserling must be the intended patron of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. ... This is prize-winning playing from a prize winning artist. - Bernard Durman