1. Faculty

Cordula Merks


Courses Taught

  • Private Lessons


  • Examen Tweede Fase (MM), Amsterdam Conservatory
  • Performer's Certificate, Northern Illinois University


  • San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Concertmaster
  • Seattle Symphony, First Assistant Concertmaster

What is your hometown?

Born in Bonn, Germany. (Grew up in Tilburg, Netherlands.)

What is your favorite recording?

Too many to list, but here are a couple: Schubert Piano Trio with Cortot-Thibaud-Casals and Bruckner Symphony No. 9 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Claudio Abbado conducting).

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Spending time with my family and traveling (exploring the beauty, food, and culture of places).

Who were your major teachers?

Shmuel Ashkenasi, Herman Krebbers, and Jaring Walta.

What do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

How to organize their practicing and to develop clear goals.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

Hearing the Vermeer Quartet in concert for the first time (in Holland). I decided at that concert that I had to study with Shmuel Ashkenasi.

What is your unrealized project?

I dream of running my own chamber music festival!