JEFFREY KURTZMAN earned his B.M. degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, and his M.M. and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. He has taught at Cornell University, Middlebury College, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and is Professor of Music and former Chair of the Department of Music at Washington University.
The winner of several teaching awards at Rice University and the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, The National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Deutscher Akademischer Austaushdienst, he specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian music.
He has published books, editions and articles on the music of Claudio Monteverdi and other sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian composers, a ten-volume series of editions of Italian Vespers and Compline music of the seventeenth century, and together with Anne Schnoebelen, a complete online catalogue of Music for the Mass, Office and Holy Week, 1516-1770. Kurtzman was the founding president of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, Reviews Editor for the Society’s Journal, serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal and the Society’s Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music and was recently named an Honorary Member of the Society.
He is currently General Editor of the 20-volume Opera Omnia of the seventeenth-century Italian composer Alessandro Grandi being published by the American Institute of Musicology and an Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Italian Instrumental Music being published by the Web Library of Seventeenth-Century Music.