Dr. Arunesh Nadgir
Assistant Professor, piano; Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Praised for his passionate, sensitive, and thoughtful musical style, pianist Arunesh Nadgir has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre, and Jordan Hall, and has participated in several international music festivals including the Millennium International Piano Festival, The Moulin d’Ande Festival, and the Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival. He has been heard on WPLN and WNYC in live radio broadcasts. Highlights from this past season included solo engagements in Alabama, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as several chamber music events including a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with the Stones River Chamber Players, and oboe recitals with Roger Wiesmeyer of the Nashville Symphony. This season includes performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Southern Symphony Orchestra and the MTSU Symphony Orchestra, as well as a performance with the Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble in the world premier of John Marvin’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano.
An accomplished teacher, Nadgir is an Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He maintains a private piano studio, is the President of the Middle Tennessee Music Teachers Association, and teaches at the Point CounterPoint Music Camp in Vermont during the summer. He has previously held teaching positions at New England Conservatory's Preparatory and Continuing Education Departments, the Eastman School of Music, The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Palisades School of Music. His students have won prizes at pre-college and college level music competitions including the Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artist Competition, the University of Rochester Concerto Competition, and the Wagner College Young Musicians Competition.
Nadgir began taking piano lessons at the age of seven with Michael Thomopoulos and later studied under Wha Kyung Byun, Robert McDonald, and Natalya Antonova. He has performed in master classes conducted by many world-renowned musicians including Julian Martin, Joseph Kalichstein, Roger Tapping, Pamela Frank, and Daniel Pollack. Nadgir holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music.