A winner of Astral’s 2006 National Auditions, violinist Jennifer Curtis is also the recipient of the inaugural MILKA/ASTRAL VIOLIN PRIZE, designated for a violinist invited to join the Astral Artists roster. Astral presented her Philadelphia recital debut, and her solo debut with Symphony in C on Astral’s series last season was praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “a startlingly authoritative performance.” Astral presents her this season in a program of chamber masterworks. As the winner of the Artists International Competition, Ms. Curtis gave her New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Recently, she was presented in recital at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and appeared as soloist with the celebrated Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Venezuela. She also recently returned from chamber performances at Mexico’s Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea and France’s Musique de Chambre à Giverny. Ms. Curtis is the founder and director of the Tres Americas Project, and possesses an avid interest in music of all kinds; she has studied West African, Haitian, and Afro-Cuban percussion, and plays the mandolin professionally. Also an accomplished composer, her works have been performed in New York City, at Italy’s Spoleto Festival, and at the Verbier Festival de Musique in Switzerland. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mills College in California and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann.