Michael has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bass section since 1994. The ASO has given world premieres of two of his orchestral works, May Cause Dizziness in 2011 under Roberto Abbado, and Everything Lasts Forever in 2013 under Music Director Robert Spano. His third ASO commission, Prometheus Unhinged, was written for the orchestra’s 2015/16 Concerts for Young People, and his fourth ASO commission, A Thousand Words, will be premiered in February 2016.
He serves as Composer-in-Residence for the Riverside Chamber Players of Roswell, GA. Riverside has premiered many of his chamber works, including the string quartet Easy Listening, and two string quintets plus percussion, Opting Out of Irony and Because They Wave Back. In 2013, they premiered his oboe quartet Three Dances for Two Left Feet. In 2014, Riverside premiered his Neologisticism for mixed sextet, as well as Mythmusic for mixed quartet.
In 2012, Riverside recorded The Music of Michael Kurth: String Quartets, available on iTunes and Amazon.
In December 2013, The Florida Orchestra premiered his Variations on an Old French Carol, and both the Houston Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony performed the work in December 2014.
In November 2014, the DeKalb Symphony (GA) premiered his overture, Inquisitivity.
He has been commissioned twice by the Atlanta Chamber Players. Other groups that have performed his works include the Atlanta Young Singers, the Peachtree String Quartet, the Franklin Pond String Quartet, Concert Artists Guild-award-winning violist Jennifer Stumm, the Georgia Sinfonia, the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia State University Wind Ensemble, and modern dance company gloATL.