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 and lecture-recitals at several universities and colleges around the country and in China. Recently, his video recordings of Wild Purple by Joan Tower and Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata arr. viola were awarded bronze medals at the Global Music Awards, and his recording of Bach's Suite for Solo Cello (Viola) was given a silver medal. His recording of several movements from Ligeti's Viola Sonata was also awarded a prize at the North International Competition. They can be found on his vimeo page here. Dr. Nordstrom also performs regularly as the violist of the Aurelian Trio, a string group founded in 2019 dedicated.
As an active member of the College Music Society, Dr. Nordstrom has discussed and given performances of works by György Ligeti, Charles Koechlin, and Marion Bauer at several of their 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, specifically for the violin and viola. He has presented several clinics for the Texas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio Music Educators Associations in collaboration with his colleague and brother, Dr. Stephen Nordstrom. They have also worked closely on presentations and articles for the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Nordstrom has published three pedagogical articles in the American String Teacher Journal, a publication he was an editor for several years, on topics ranging from elementary string education to advanced exercises for violin and viola. Other publications include an analysis of Ligeti's viola sonata published in the Journal of the American Viola Society.
Dr. Nordstrom is currently the viola instructor at Wright State University and has taught courses in music theory, orchestral string methods/pedagogy, African American music, and non-western music appreciation. He has also served on the faculties of Earlham College, Indiana University East, Xavier University, and Miami University Hamilton. Additionally, Dr. Nordstrom’s is the writer/producer of The Great Composers Podcast, found on iTunes and across the web, including here. 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 where his secondary studies were in music history, and orchestral conducting. His teachers have included Dr. Catharine Carroll, Masao Kawasaki, Dr. Susan Dubois, and Dr. Kathryn Steely.
Aside from teaching and performing, Dr. Nordstrom enjoys studies in musicology as well as 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 two daughters.