Kurt Behnke


Kurt received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from Indiana University, where he studied with Fritz Magg while attending the master classes of Janos Starker. Overseas study included a semester in Vienna at the Hochschule für Musik and Darstellende Kunst. He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy, and the orchestra of the Graz Vocal Institute Festival in Graz, Austria. Kurt is a member of the Bear Valley Music Festival orchestra in California's High Sierra Nevada mountains during the summertime. 

In addition to The Chelsea Symphony, Kurt freelances around the New York / New Jersey area, playing in the Riverside Opera Company, Westchester Oratorio Society, and various chamber ensembles, as well as maintaining an active teaching studio.