Dr. Kurt Markstrom

“With a lot of great musicians, whether it’s in pop or classical music, finding the voice is really the key.”- Kurt Markstrom

Dr. Kurt Sven Markstrom is a professor in music history at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. He completed a Bachelors and Masters of Music at the University of Alberta, as well as a Masters of Library Science. After working as a library consultant, he enrolled in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, where completed a PhD in 1993, with a dissertation on the operas of Neapolitan composer Leonardo Vinci and Post-doctorate with a study of the early career of Vinci’s rival Nicola Porpora, both the dissertation and postdoc under Carl Morey. During these years Dr. Markstrom worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and a lecturer at the School of Continuing Studies. In 1999 he obtained his current position at University of Manitoba. He has contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Dizionario biografico degli italiani. His book on The Operas of Leonardo Vinci, Napoletano was published in 2006 by Pendragon Press. He has also reconstructed the Porpora Vespers composed for the girls and women of the Ospedaletto in Venice in 1744, which was published by A-R Editions in 2015. Dr. Markstrom is also a founding member of the Comitato Scientifico of the The Collected Works of Leonardo Vinci / Leonardo Vinci Opera Omnia

B.Music (University of Alberta)
M.Music (University of Alberta)
Master of Library Science (University of Alberta)
Ph.D. in Historical Musicology  (University of Toronto)
Post-Doctorate (University of Toronto)

American Musicological Society, Claude V. Palisca Award for outstanding musical edition of 2016 for Nicola Porpora: Vespers for the Fast of the Assumption (A-R Editions, 2015)

NewOlde.com: Best Early Music Books Award, 2007 for The Operas of Leonardo Vinci, Napoletano (Pendragon Press, 2006)

Certificate in Teaching Excellence, 2005, University Teaching Services, & University of Manitoba Students Union
Excellence in Teaching Award, Humanities, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, 1997

• As part of his studies of Vinci, Dr. Markstrom prepared a performance edition of Vinci’s opera Eraclea (Naples 1725), which received its modern première at the Festival dell’Aurora in Crotone in 2005. As part of his Porpora studies, he reconstructed and prepared a performance edition of the Vespers 1744 which received its modern première in Winnipeg in 2007. The latter was also performed in Strasbourg in 2010 and at the Festivals Ambronay and Ribeauvillé in 2011, and excerpts were recorded during the performances at the Festival Ambronay for Ambronay/Harmonia Mundi. He is currently working on a scholarly edition of Leonardo Vinci’s opera Catone in Utica (Rome 1728), which will be one of the inaugural volumes in the planned collected works of Vinci, the Opera Omnia Leonardo Vinci, to be published by Bärenreiter Verlag. His score was used as the basis for the performance edition prepared for Max Cencic’s production of the Catone in Utica, which was recorded on Decca and featured in concert performances in Wiesbaden, Bergen, Bucharest and Vienna, as well as a gala staged production at the court theatre at Palace of Versailles in 2015. He has also prepared a new edition of the first Canadian opera, Colas et Colinette (Montreal, 1790) and is currently writing a book on the poet and composer Joseph Quesnel.

• Leonardo Vinci, Catone in Utica: Juan Sancho, Franco Fagioli, Max Cencic, Valer Barna Sabadus, Martin Mitterrutzner, Vince Yi, Il Pomo d’Oro, dir. Riccardo Minasi (Decca 478 8194, 3 CDs):

• Nicola Porpora, Vespro per La Festività dell’Assunta, Delphine Galou, Marilia Vargas, La Maîtrise de Bretagne and the Le Parlement de Musique, Directed by Martin Gester (Ambronay AMY 030): /Harmonia Mundi)

• Nicola Porpora, Porpora Arias, Karina Gauvin and the Complesso Barocco under the direction Allan Curtis (Atma Classique ACD2 2590)

Senior Fellow (St. John's College)

Scholarship and Awards

Room 209 Taché Hall
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-474-8557
Email: Kurt.Markstrom@umanitoba.ca