Author Archives: Michael Kurek

A new symphony, a new book, and a retirement from teaching

June, 2019 — Michael Kurek is at work on a 40+ minute, four-movement symphony. The first two movements have been completed and will be read on July 12, 2019 in Philadelphia by the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, conducted by Ovidiu Marinescu. Plans for an official world premiere and recording will be announced as early as […]

Headed to New York Again, and More

Above, left:  Crystal Kurek as Elizabeth Barrett and Deron Ryan Martel as Robert Browning.  Above right: Leslie Eiler Thompson as Sarah Martin and Tyler Evick as Henry Lane, rehearsing in Nashville for Michael Kurek’s musical theater show, “Dear Miss Barrett.”   A reading of 2/3 of the show will be held at the National Arts Club […]

Michael’s 2018-2019 Concerts in New York

“Joie de vivre (Ollie’s Romp…)” Premieres

The Lewes Chamber Players of Delaware have commissioned and are performing on Sunday, March 4, 2018 the premiere of a composition by Michael Kurek titled Joie de vivre (Ollie’s Romp on Lewes Beach) for violin, cello, piano, organ, and harpsichord.  The composition was written in part to showcase the wonderful organ and harpsichord in historic […]

The Sea Knows nominated for Roundglass

The Sea Knows nominated for Roundglass Music Award, Best Classical Recording. Awards ceremony in New York, the Edison Ballroom at Times Square, Jan. 26, 2018! The Sea Knows also makes Textura’s top 20 classical releases of 2017!  Go here for story:  http://textura.org/archives/articles/2017top10s.htm#20classical

Updates on The Sea Knows album

Thanks to everyone who has listened on Spotify — 45,000 plays in the last month! Review published by the Steinberg company on Michael Kurek’s engineering work on the album The Sea Knows:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb14616643.htm Review published in Textura: http://textura.org/archives/k/kurek_seaknows.htm Press release by Vanderbilt University:  https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/08/18/blair-school-of-music-composer-hits-no-1-with-neo-romantic-music/ WMOT-FM Radio feature:  http://wmot.org/post/middle-tennessee-composer-makes-billboard-classical-music-chart#stream/1 Article by the Tennessee Arts Commission:  http://tnartscommission.org/performing-arts/fy17-individual-artist-fellow-releases-chart-topping-cd/ […]

The Sea Knows Featured On iTunes New Releases!

Billboard No.1 Debut for The Sea Knows!

Thanks beyond words to the great musicians and a great record company and of course great listeners for making us this week’s “Hot Shot Debut” choice by Billboard Magazine at number 1 on Billboard Magazine’s Traditional Classical chart!  The album is also number 4 on the overall classical chart, which includes pop music played by […]

The Sea Knows Album Released Today!

I am most pleased to announce that the album is now released on Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere as of today, July 14.  Reviews are now open on Amazon. Just scroll down and click on “Write a review.”   You have the option to write a comment or just click on the number of starts.  Thanks […]

Inside Story Interview with Michael

Please follow the link below to read the PARMA Recordings interview with Michael: The Inside Story: Michael Kurek