Nicholas Cords joins faculty of New England Conservatory
New England Conservatory (NEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of violist Nicholas Cords to its world-renowned strings faculty. For more than two decades, omnivorous violist Nicholas Cords has been on the front line of a growing constellation of projects as performer, educator, and cultural advocate, including his ongoing work as Co-Artistic Director of Silkroad and violist of Brooklyn Rider. Cords will offer his expertise beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, working with the exceptional NEC students.
“We are thrilled to have Nick join our viola faculty,” said Interim President Thomas Novak. “He brings extensive performance and teaching experience from around the world, and I am certain that our students will benefit greatly. As Co-Artistic Director of Silkroad, he is also a strong advocate for intercultural exchange.”
“I’ve long admired NEC’s unique learning environment, one that inspires the highest artistic standards while also creating pathways for students to become true 21st century artists and leaders,” stated Mr. Cords. “I am greatly looking forward to the shared journey ahead and couldn’t be more pleased to join the NEC community.”
Celebrating its 150th anniversary, New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world. With music students representing more than 40 countries, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training by 225 internationally-esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC pushes the boundaries of making and teaching music through college-level musical training in classical, jazz and Contemporary Improvisation. It offers unique interdisciplinary programs such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship and Community Performances & Partnerships that empower students to create their own musical opportunities. As part of NEC's mission to make lifelong music education available to everyone, the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education delivers training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students and adults.
Founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1867 by Eben Tourjée, NEC created a new model of conservatory that combined the best of European tradition with American innovation. NEC is at the center of Boston’s rich cultural history and musical life offering concerts performed in NEC’s renowned venue Jordan Hall. Alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios and arts management positions worldwide.