Instructor of Chamber Music
Master’s degree in violin and musicology from Indiana University
Gesa Kordes, violinist, performs with numerous chamber ensembles and Baroque Orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Washington Bach Consort, Ensemble Musical Offering, Opera Lafayette, Ensemble Trai Tempi, and the Rheinisches Barockorchester Bonn, as well as the Indianapolis and Atlanta Baroque Orchestras. She has toured as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Central America, Europe, and Israel, and has recorded for NPR, harmonia mundi, FONO, Dorian, and Naxos.
Since 1998, Gesa Kordes has been increasingly in demand as an ensemble director of chamber groups and Baroque and Classical orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, most recently at the Magnolia Baroque Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. In August 2006, she joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the director of the School of Music’s newly-founded Baroque Ensemble. Ms. Kordes received her Baroque violin training from Stanley Ritchie and John Holloway at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, where she served as lecturer for Baroque violin. She holds a master’s degree in violin and musicology from Indiana University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in musicology.
As a musicologist, Kordes has presented papers and lecture-demonstrations at conferences in the U.S., Canada, and France and published articles on topics ranging from Bach cantatas to serialism. She joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in 2009 as an instructor of early music performance.