Has played with The Knights since: years and years ago.
Favorite Knights memory: ringing in 2012 at the 92nd Street Y with Terry Riley’s In C.
Violist Nicholas Cords is deeply committed to the advocacy of music from broad historic and geographical spectrums. His work in innovative ensembles like Brooklyn Rider and the Silk Road Ensemble has been on the vanguard of classical music for over a decade, forging a meaningful relationship between the tradition of classical music and the regeneration of its practices in the 21st century.
Mr. Cords is a founding member of Brooklyn Rider and, this season, he looks forward to premiering the works of composers including Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Gabriel Kahane, Padma Newsome, Shara Worden, and John Zorn, as well as participating in an ongoing residency with UNC-Chapel Hill/Carolina Performing Arts as part of their historic Rite of Spring at 100 season.
Mr. Cords’ work with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble has taken him to the major musical centers of North America and Europe, as well as to China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, India, Egypt, Iran, Qatar, Syria and numerous Central Asian Republics. In addition to performing with the ensemble, he has taken a role in the organization of new creative projects, programming for concerts and museum residencies, and in the implementation of two long-term university residencies with the group: one at the Rhode Island School of Design and one at Harvard University.
Mr. Cords is an active member of many ensembles, including the Caramoor Virtuousi, An Die Musik, The Knights, and the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to NPR’s classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and New York String Seminar Orchestra.
Mr. Cords began his musical education at The Juilliard School where he won top honors in the viola competition and subsequently gave the New York premiere of John Harbison’s Viola Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall. He completed his studies at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. His teachers have included Karen Tuttle, Harvey Shapiro, Joseph Fuchs, and Felix Galimir. A committed teacher, Mr. Cords is currently Viola Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. He also spends part of his summer schedule teaching at the Bennington Chamber Music and Composers Conference and served for eight years as viola instructor at Princeton University.
Mr. Cords plays on an instrument made for him in 2008 by famed Brooklyn luthier Samuel Zygmuntowicz.