Curtis (aka Cortini) has traveled the world for over 20 years performing his original music and amazing crowds with his phenomenal guitar playing. Often referred to by fans and critics alike as the “fastest acoustic guitarist in the world," he is a very influential guitarist in the world of bluegrass and new acoustic music and has toured and/or recorded with some of the biggest names and best artists in the genre. Appearing onstage with him at this year's Bear festival will be several veteran bluegrass music performers.
Curtis is also a very prolific composer and songwriter, composing around 800 pieces of music. He also teaches music in the public schools in North Georgia for the Georgia Pick and Bow Traditional Music School, as well as instructing many private students. Curtis also music directs theatre productions including shows for the acclaimed Alliance Theater in Atlanta. He has released nine all original CDs to date and scored hundreds of television shows and films.