Violist Nicholas Cords is deeply committed to the advocacy of music from a broad historic and geographical spectrum, and his diverse career has brought him to stages all over the globe. Mr. Cords is a founding member of Brooklyn Rider; a intrepid string quartet that the LA Times referred to as “one of the wonders of contemporary music.” The group has collaborated with a surprising range of artists including banjo phenomenon Béla Fleck, Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, ballet legend Wendy Whelan, Irish master fiddler Martin Hayes, and jazz superstar Joshua Redman. They have commissioned and premiered dozens of works, and their seven studio albums have received praise from virtually every corner of the music industry. Their most recent commissioning and recording project, The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, includes works from Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Vijay Iyer, and Bill Frisell among many others. Mr. Cords is also an original member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and serves as the organization’s programming chair. Mr. Cords appears on all six of the ensemble’s albums; Silk Road Journeys, Beyond the Horizon, New Impossibilities, Off the Map, A Playlist Without Borders, and Sing Me Home, which won a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Wold Music Album. As a concerto soloist, he gave the New York premiere of John Harbison’s Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra, and has also appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Bridgeport Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. His widely praised solo recording, Recursions, features solo works that range from Biber to Irish traditional to his own compositions for multi-track viola. A committed teacher, Mr. Cords is Viola Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.