Alex Trygstad

-Violin, Viola-

Alex Trygstad is a teacher and performer who has held a private studio since 2004. He teaches viola and violin from his home in the Park Avenue area and is also a viola intern at the Eastman Community Music School. While in Texas, earning his undergraduate degree, he was on faculty at Academie Musique, the preparatory program at Temple College, where he served as a viola instructor and summer workshop clinician.

Passionate about teaching, Trygstad enjoys tailoring his approach to the unique needs of each student. He is committed to providing a solid foundation in technique and posture, emphasizing released, natural movements. Furthermore, he shows students how to use these tools in the enjoyable process of making music, helping them to express their creativity and to develop musical maturity. He has experience teaching beginning through advanced students ranging ages 5-35.

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. Recently, he participated in a chamber music series titled “If Music Be the Food...”. In this innovative project, Eastman School of Music faculty and students and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra join together to benefit Foodlink, a local food bank in Rochester, NY. Trygstad’s chamber music experience includes more than just classical music: from 2007-2010 he was a member of the Baylor Jazz String Quartet, which performed its own rendition of Miles Davis’ album The Birth of the Cool.

Trygstad is currently earning a Masters of Music degree in viola performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music where he studies with Carol Rodland.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading a book with a good cup of coffee, listening to bluegrass, or swing dancing. He and his wife reside in Rochester, NY.