kevin nordstrom - viola

performer - teacher - scholar

Dr. Kevin Nordstrom leads a busy career as performer, teacher, and scholar. He has performed solo concerts in Canada, Italy, Austria, and China, and given numerous solo recitals throughout the United States. These performances include recitals at Wright State University, Earlham College, Miami University, The University of Florida, and Ball State University, as well as lecture recitals at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Xi'an University of Arts and Science in Xi'an, China. Recently, his video recording of Wild Purple by Joan Tower was awarded a bronze medal at the Global Music Awards. It can be found on his vimeo page here.

As an active member of the College Music Society, Dr. Nordstrom has given presentations and performances of viola works by György Ligeti, Charles Koechlin, and Marion Bauer at several of their regional conferences in the United States and Canada. In late 2017, his article on the Ligeti Sonata was published in the Journal of the American Viola Society under the title "Transformation and Distortion - The Process of Variation in Ligeti's Sonata for Viola Solo".

In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Nordstrom is active in promoting and advancing discourse on string music education. He has presented several clinics for the Texas and Ohio Music Educators Association at their professional development conferences in collaboration with his colleague and brother, Dr. Stephen Nordstrom. These clinics focused on developing exercises for the violin and viola, as well as detailed lesson plans for the private lesson teacher. An active proponent of viola ensemble playing, Dr. Nordstrom directs the Wright State University Viola Choir. For this ensemble, he has produced several arrangements of music by Bizet, Verdi, and Tchaikovsky. In early 2018, his viola quartet arrangement of Bizet’s Carmen: Concert Suite No. 1 was published by Latham Music in collaboration with Ludwig Masters Publications. Dr. Nordstrom’s other activities include ongoing service as an Ensemble Database Editor for the American Viola Society, and on the editorial committee for the American String Teacher Journal, published by the American String Teachers Association. He is also the writer/producer of The Great Composers Podcast, found on iTunes and on the web.

Dr. Nordstrom is currently the Adjunct Instructor of Applied Viola at Wright State University and teaches courses in orchestral string methods and non-western music appreciation. He also serves as the Adjunct Professor of Applied Violin and Viola at Earlham College and Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. Dr. Nordstrom holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of North Texas, and the degrees of Master of Music, Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Dr. Catharine Carroll, Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Susan Dubois, and Dr. Kathryn Steely.

As an orchestral performer, he was awarded fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and 2013, was a fellowship recipient at the CCM Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy 2011, received a full scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in 2009, and was awarded substantial scholarships to the Manchester Music Festival 2007 and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival 2006 and 2008. He has been awarded high honors at many international solo competitions as well, including 2nd prize at the Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition 2012, The Cincinnati Conservatory annual concerto competition 2011, and the Hubbard Solo Contest 2007. He was also a semi-finalist in the Sorantin Competition 2011, and recognized as the top violist at the 2009 Crescendo Music Awards.  

Furthering his work as an orchestral musician, he has been fortunate to have served as principal violist of festival orchestras in Italy as well as at the Music Academy of the West, and was the acting principal violist for the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles for their 2009-2010 season. He also served as assistant principal viola in the Richmond Indiana Symphony from 2012-2017, and has been a guest principal with the Lebanon Symphony as well as guest assistant principal with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra. In addition to teaching and performing on the viola, Dr. Nordstrom enjoys studies in musicology, composing, arranging, and writing about music. His non-musical life often sees him reading volumes on American and ancient history, and spending time with his wife and daughter.