Kurt Munstedt


Hometown: Needham, MA
Alma maters: Cleveland Institute of Music, BM; Carnegie Mellon University, MM
Appearances: National Repertory Orchestra, 2015; Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy, 2016
Favorite piece to play: Haydn String Quartets and Strauss Tone Poems
Favorite composer fact: After J.S. Bach called one of his church musicians a “nanny-goat bassoonist,” the two engaged in a wrestling match in the market square.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: In the classical period, the audience would applaud in the middle of a movement if they felt particularly excited, similar to a jazz concert today.
Musical guilty pleasure: If listening to Justin Bieber is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Favorite non-musical activity: Riding my bicycle
Last book read: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Favorite painting: Almond Blossom by van Gogh