Rictor Noren

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Associate Professor of Viola



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My first priority is to my students. Through a tailored approach to their training, I help them create a professional identity in an increasingly competitive world, with an emphasis on technique, relaxation, efficient practice skills, and entrepreneurship.

Rictor Noren is and associate professor of viola at the Conservatory and teaches violin, viola, chamber music, string fundamentals, and string pedagogy. He also teaches at New England Conservatory's Preparatory School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Prelude Music Academy, and the New World Symphony. Additionally, he has taught at the National String Workshop, the Longy School of Music, the Crowden School, Rocky Ridge Music Center, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Sapporo (Japan), and the University of Istanbul (Turkey).

Noren works with pre-college and college students nationally and internationally to achieve practical and professional outcomes. His collaborative approach emphasizes balance, goal setting, efficient practice techniques, musical development, and hands-on training. His work supports students overcoming technical barriers, conquering physical pain, and developing a professional identity.

Noren holds a B.M. from Indiana University and an M.M. from the University of Wisconsin. He has studied viola with Mimi Zweig and Abraham Skernick, violin with Joseph Gingold and Yuval Yaron, and chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky and János Starker, and he has given recitals in North America, Europe, and Japan. Orchestra engagements include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, New York String Orchestra, and American Sinfonietta.