Biography

Photos by Katy Trygstad

Photos by Katy Trygstad

Alexander Trygstad is a music theorist and violist who specializes in analysis and performance.

As a scholar, Dr. Trygstad has presented research in analysis and performance and in music theory pedagogy.  Recent highlights include a conference paper presentation at Pedagogy Into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century about using solo repertoire in the classroom, an article in the Journal of the American Viola Society about the Telemann viola concerto, and a lecture recital at the Eastman School of Music on the Brahms viola sonata in Eb major, Op. 120, No. 2.

Recent performance highlights include a recital at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. with organist Nathan Davy, WXXI Public Radio “Live From Hochstein,” and premiers of new works by Nicolas Bacri and Kenji Bunch as a leading member of the Eastman Viola Ensemble.  Past engagements also include appearances in the Eastman Virtuosi Faculty Artist Series, the Roberts Wesleyan College Faculty Chamber Series, the Rochester Bach Festival, the Eastman Bach Cantatas Series, Ossia New Music Ensemble, “If Music Be the Food...", Gibbs & Main, the Lake George Music Festival, the George Eastman House Organ Plus Series, and the Waco Symphony Orchestra.  As a soloist, he was a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition and won second prize in the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition.

Dr. Trygstad serves on the music theory faculty at the Eastman School of Music and Nazareth College as a part-time instructor.  He was Carol Rodland’s studio teaching assistant while a student at Eastman, and in 2014, was a finalist for the Eastman Teaching Assistant Prize for viola instruction. 

Dr. Trygstad holds a Master of Arts (MA) in the Pedagogy of Music Theory, a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and Master of Music (MM) in Viola Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music.  He also holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Viola Performance from Baylor University.  His principal teachers include Carol Rodland, Kathryn Steely, Phillip Ying, and Karen Ritscher.

He plays a viola by Otto Erdesz made in Budapest in 1951.