Violinist Kurt Munstedt will join the first violin section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the fall. He was appointed Assistant Principal second violin of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2022, after playing in the section since 2017. He is currently Principal second violin of the Boston Festival Orchestra.
While in New Orleans, Kurt taught violin at the University of New Orleans, and founded its quartet-in-residence, The Lott String Quartet. He founded the period-performance collective Rogue Baroque and the crossover quartet Radio Bird.
Originally from Needham, Massachusetts, he holds Bachelor of Music degrees in violin and audio recording from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon. His principal teachers include Joel Smirnoff and Andres Cardenes. Additionally, he has performed with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, The Sebastians, and Manhattan Chamber Players.