Nina Gordon

Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music

Moscow Conservatory; University of Tel Aviv; D.M.A., University of Kansas

Nina Gordon is Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber music at Illinois Wesleyan University, formerly Principal Cellist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Her education includes the Moscow State Conservatory (Russia), the University of Tel-Aviv (Israel), and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where she received her DMA.  Among her teachers were Natalia Shakhovskaya (Russia), Michael Haran (Israel), George Ricci and Edward Laut (USA).

Prior to coming to Illinois, Nina Gordon was Principal Cellist of the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and taught Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  Earlier she held positions with the Israel Chamber Orchestra under Rudolf Barshai and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta; she was Associate Principal Cellist with the Florida Philharmonic, and Principal Cellist with the Colorado Music Festival in Bolder, Colorado. She has also been a faculty member at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, and at the International Chamber Music Festival in Positano, Italy; and presently, she is Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Academy in Kyustendil, Bulgaria.

Nina Gordon is the Founder and Music Director of the annual IWU Summer Music Program that includes the Illinois Chamber Music Festival and IWU Cello Camp.