David Curtin


CommonwealthU University Employee
Professor of Visual & Performing Arts

Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music 

Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Louisville School of Music 

Bachelor Degrees in both Piano Performance and English, SUNY College at Fredonia 

Contact Information

Courses Most Commonly Taught

  • Accompanying
  • Applied Piano
  • Basic Musicianship
  • Form and Analysis
  • Group Piano I and II
  • Group Piano/Keyboard Harmony
  • Introduction to Music
  • Music History
  • Music Literature
  • Music Theory I - IV
  • Music Theory/Ear Training/Sight Singing
  • Piano Literature

Areas of Expertise

  • Classical Music
  • European History
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Piano

Courses Developed

  • Music Literature
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Professional Publications
  • The Piano Music of Allen Sapp--A Performer's Guide (1997)

Professional Performances

Dr. Curtin has won include first prize in the Erie Music Teachers Association's annual competition, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory's Concerto Competition. In December 1998, he made his Korean debut, performing the Concerto No. 2 in A Major of Franz Liszt with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and in May 1999 he made a solo debut in London. In November of 2001, he was invited to return to Korea to present a solo recital at the new Changwon-Sungsan Performing Arts Center. His recent performances have included a performance of J.S. Bach's Keyboard Concerto in D Major with the J.S. Chamber Ensemble in Cincinnati, multiple engagements with the East Mountain Artist Series in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and recitals at historic Steinway Hall in New York City. He has performed and taught throughout the United States and the UK, as well as in Mexico, Ireland, Korea, and China. Dr. Curtin has been a regular guest artist at the annual festival of the International Schools Choral Music Society in Beijing and Shanghai, where he performed solo recitals and chamber music and gave masterclasses. In 2011, he spent a week as Artist-in-Residence at the International School of Beijing. Dr. Curtin performs frequently as duo-pianist with his wife, Hyun Ju Curtin. Dr. Curtin is a Steinway Artist, and performs exclusively on Steinway-designed instruments.