As a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas with over a decade of teaching experience, Benjamin Burgdorf believes in a wholehearted approach to music learning that is strongly inspired by his training in the Suzuki Method, Karen Tuttle’s Coordination, and the latest research in the neuroscience of ability development. His approach cultivates self-discipline and compassion, hard work and deep rest, high standards and a playful, joyful learning process.
As a performing artist, Burgdorf is at home in both rock venues and classical venues, having shared the stage at sold-out shows with Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
As a classical performer, he is the acting principal violist with the Des Moines Symphony and violist of the Belin String Quartet. Past engagements include serving as the violist of Lux String Quartet from 2013-2018 (named 2015-16, 2017-18 Classical MPR Class-Notes Artist), section violist with the Quad City Symphony, a member of the funky jam band Improvestra, a travel-blogging, improvising street artist in Wormwood, and a frequent collaborative soloist with composers both locally and nationally. He regularly performs with the Laurels String Quartet, and has also enjoyed substitute engagements with Orchestra Iowa, Mankato Symphony, and the South Dakota Symphony.