About Kurt Schweitz
Kurt Schweitz has been playing various musical instruments since age 4 but didn’t begin to consider a career in music until moving to Chicago to pursue a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Chicago. Kurt has performed internationally on stages in London, Paris and most recently at the Aberdeen Jazz Festival in Scotland. Back home, his schedule has included performances at the Pritzker Pavillion in Millenium Park, the Chicago Jazz Festival, South Shore Cultural Festival, Meet the Composer, Chicago Humanities Festival, Asian-American Jazz Festival, Milwaukee Jazz in the Park Festival. Kurt plays regularly at Chicago’s many jazz clubs, has performed with local orchestras like the Rockford Symphony, and appears on several local jazz and pop/rock recordings. Kurt enjoys writing and performing in many musical genres. In addition to bass, he occasionally performs on piano, cello, viola, and laptop. He was awarded a 2011 Individual Artist grant from the Illinois Arts Council. His lone movie credit is as a cellist in the 2005 movie Proof, which is ironically about a University of Chicago mathematician.