Kurt Baldwin is Professor of Cello at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where he has been a faculty member, along with his colleagues of the Arianna String Quartet, since 2000. As a founding member of the Arianna String Quartet in 1992, Mr. Baldwin has been awarded the Grand Prizes at the Fischoff Competition, Coleman Competition, and Carmel Competition, and was a Laureate at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. With the ASQ, Mr. Baldwin has concertized throughout five continents, been heard in live radio broadcasts in thirty-five countries and on NPR’s “Performance Today”, and has recorded for the Albany and Urtext classical label. As part of a long-term agreement with Centaur Records, the Arianna Quartet has made critically acclaimed recordings of the String Quartets of Janacek and the Complete String Quartets of Beethoven. Mr. Baldwin is a faculty member of the International Cello Institute (MN), the Arianna Chamber Music Festival (STL), the FEMUSC Festival in Brazil, the at Madeline Island Chamber Music (WI). Kurt received his bachelor of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory as a student with Irene Sharp, and earned a master of music degree from the New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Bernard Greenhouse. Mr. Baldwin also holds a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University, where he studied with Marc Johnson and the Vermeer Quartet.