Carnegie Mellon University

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Daniel Curtis

Daniel Nesta Curtis

Music Director of Contemporary Ensemble

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Daniel Nesta Curtis was named music director of the Contemporary Ensemble at Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 and has served as the assistant conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic in Brooklyn, NY since 2011.  Curtis worked with artistic director Alan Pierson in programming and producing two seasons concerts and community-specific events that were praised by the New York Times as “Responding to the histories and needs of its audiences in a way that has been truly inspiring,” and “Not just a good orchestra, but an important one.”  In April, 2013 Curtis made his debut with the Brooklyn Philharmonic conducting Randall Woolf’s Blues for Black Hoodies featuring emcee Wordisbon and in June, Curtis collaborated with the orchestra in a concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music titled “You’re causing quite a disturbance,” featuring neo-soul artist Erykah Badu.  Since 2010 Curtis has been curator of the Brooklyn Philharmonic’s popular chamber music series at the Brooklyn Public Library, which mixes contemporary chamber music and the work of renowned Brooklyn authors, poets, actors, activists, and filmmakers.  Curtis previously served as the associate conductor of the Bleecker Street Opera Company in New York, and professor of music theory at Mount Saint Vincent College in the Bronx.  Originally from Key West, Florida, Curtis has conducted several orchestras in the Southeast including the Key West Pops Orchestra.