Tristan Siegel, is a violinist from Tenafly, New Jersey. He graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a BM and PDSP in Violin Performance studying with Alex Kerr. Tristan also graduated with a BA in Chinese with a focus in business and political science. As an undergraduate, Tristan studied violin pedagogy and taught under the tutelage of Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig in collaboration with the IU String Academy. Tristan possesses knowledge and experience in the Suzuki and Paul Rolland methods of violin pedagogy. This balance of teaching, performing, and pursuit of non-musical disciplines is what Tristan believes should be the aim of every musician. The more dynamic and adaptive musicians and citizens can be, the easier it is to engage our colleagues, audiences, and students in the world today.
In 2015 and 2016, Tristan was a fellow at the Music Academy of the West and participated in the prestigious String Quartet Seminar led by the world- renowned Takács String Quartet. In addition to his role as a performer, Tristan spent time in Santa Barbara as a mentor to other students as a coach in the MERIT Program. In the winters of 2014 and 2015, Tristan was a participant in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. Through this connection, Tristan was invited to perform in the 60th anniversary season of the Alexander Schneider Concerts Series presented by The Mannes School of Music featuring Jaime Laredo and Cho-Liang Lin. Before college while studying at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, Tristan performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous New York venues including Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, WMP Concert Hall, and Weill, Zankel and Perelman Stages at Carnegie Hall. Tristan was additionally a semi-finalist in the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition.
Tristan is also an avid and active chamber musician. As part of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Beethoven Complete Works project, Tristan recorded a number of chamber works by Beethoven in the Spring of 2019 on the Naxos Label. In addition, Tristan performed Schoenberg’s 4th Quartet in collaboration with Jorja Fleezanis and Stephen Wyrczynski in the “Embraced by the Second Viennese School” project.
Tristan has been generously granted extended use of a 1945 Arturo Fracassi violin by the Chimei Museum in Tainan, Taiwan.