Justin Kurys, DMA

DMA Viola and Chamber Music Performance

Instructor, Viola

Building/Room: HUNT 062

Biography

Dr. Justin Kurys is a founding member and violist of the Skyros Quartet. As a member of Skyros, he performs and teaches regularly nationally as well as internationally. Recent highlights include performances with Skyros at Benaroya Hall for the Seattle Chamber Music Society Winter Festival, repeat performances at SOMA towers for their Resonance Concert Series, multiple performances at Harris Hall for the Aspen Music Festival and School, a weeklong tour of China, recitals for Chamber Music In the Mountains in Tucson Arizona, QuartetFest in Waterloo, Ontario Canada, and the Mendelssohn Octet with the Chiara Quartet on the Hixon-Lied Concert Series.

In August 2015, Skyros Quartet released their album “Introspective Odyssey” to international acclaim. "To hear all three of these works so well done is a rare treat. The Skyros Quartet makes more of the music than some others have done. They take to each piece with a ravishing, articulate, sonically appealing approach that has passion more than sentiment, fully coherent phrasing and a sort of introspective reading that is true to the album's title. They give you plenty of reasons to appreciate the works anew." -GAPPLEGATE CLASSICAL-MODERN MUSIC REVIEW Committed to passing on his knowledge to a younger generation, Dr. Kurys is the Instructor of Viola at Seattle University. As artistic director for Chamber Music Madness along with his Skyros colleagues, Dr. Kurys is responsible for planning the curriculum for CMM’s four chamber music programs in Seattle, including the creation of ECCHO, an in-school program for middle and high school students.

He also has recently held the position of graduate teaching assistant to the Chiara Quartet at UNL coaching chamber music and has been on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin String Project, led masterclasses and gave regular weekly coaching with Champs (Chamber Music in Public Schools) as well as planned and executed numerous community outreach and engagement projects with Skyros. Justin received his bachelors of music degree from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario, Canada where he studied privately with Jerzy Kaplanek and Christine Vlajk. He holds a masters degree in Viola Performance from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied privately with Roger and as a member of Skyros with the Mirò Quartet in their program for preformed ensembles. Most recently receiving his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Nebraska Lincoln studying with Jonah Sirota. Justin was raised in Timmins Ontario, Canada where he started playing the violin at age 11 under the direction of Debbie Miles and Piotr Gawek at the Timmins Symphony Orchestra Geoffrey James Lee School of Music.