Martha Curtis has an amazing story of love of music and the determination to be seizure free by convincing a team of doctors to remove much of her right brain. Martha Curtis is a concert violinist who learned how to co-exist with epileptic seizures even from the stage. Curtis suffered from epilepsy all her life. She began playing violin at age 9 and managed to graduate as salutatorian from the Interlochen Arts Academy and graduate with honors from the Eastman School of Music. Although experiencing seizures regularly, she was able to perform as a professional musician with various orchestras. The other musicians, she says, knew what to do if she experienced a seizure.
At universities throughout the US Ms. Curtis combines music, video, drawings of the brain systems, her own personal brain scans and her inspiring story. She uses Brahms and Solo Bach to make clear her understanding of the inner landscape.
Music is so much more specific than words. This presentation has been done for various classes in conjunction with the Lecture Recital during visits to many college campuses. She has also presented at neuroscience and epilepsy conferences worldwide.
Martha appears regularly on recital and lecture series, with orchestras, and as a guest teacher. Her classes include Psychology, Neuro-psychology, Education, Philosophy, Violin Master Classes, and Leadership Conferences. Because she knows her own medical case well and can perform in both words and music, she brings to stage unique insight from the inner world of the human being.