Nina Bledsoe is a passionate performer and skilled teacher. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Viola at Sam Houston State University where she teaches viola, coaches chamber groups, and performs with the Kolonneh Faculty String Quartet. In addition to an active teaching and performance schedule at SHSU, she is the violist in the Axiom Quartet, a dynamic string quartet based in Houston, TX. Ms. Bledsoe is a fervent and versatile chamber musician. She seeks out creative non-traditional performance opportunities for presenting new music. She champions modern music and has premiered works for string quartet, solo viola, and viola and dance.
Ms. Bledsoe has been the recipient of fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival and School and to the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. In 2015, she was a P.E.O. Scholar Award Nominee. She won the FSU Young Artists Concerto Competition in 2007, and since then has appeared as a soloist with orchestra on violin and viola. She holds degrees from Florida State University, Georgia State University, attended Manhattan School of Music, and will be completing a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Houston in 2018.
Her influential teachers include Wayne Brooks, Victoria Chiang, Laurie Carney, and Beth Newdome. She plays on a viola made by Marengo Romanus Rinaldi (Turin, 1897).