Nikkia Cox

Violin, Viola Teacher

Nikkia Cox

SAA Member


San Gabriel, CA
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Violinist and pedagogue Nikkia Cox received her B.A. in Violin Performance from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul where she studied with Roger Frisch, Associate Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. She continued her violin studies with Bernard Zinck at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated with a Master’s of Music in Violin Pedagogy. Her pedagogy training was with Darcy Drexler, Mimi Zweig and Scott Cook. Other teachers include Judit Jaimes, Stefan Kartman, Elena Abend, Milana Reiche, Gert Kumi and Mary Irwin.

An active orchestral and chamber musician, she served as concertmaster with the UWM Symphony Orchestra and UNW Orchestra and was a member of the Bloomington Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony and the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Orchestra. She founded Duo Espressivo, a violin duo that performed extensively throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul from 2007-2014. As an orchestral player, she has toured throughout the US and in France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

In addition to performing, Ms. Cox is passionate about teaching the violin. She specializes in teaching very young children using a comprehensive approach, drawing from her studies of renowned pedagogues Shin’ichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Dorthy Delay, Ivan Galamian and Mimi Zweig. She has had a strong private violin studio since 2002, directed the Hall Summer Chamber Music & Fiddle Camps from 2010-2013 and worked at the String Academy of Wisconsin from 2011-2013. She is currently on faculty at STEP (Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena) and the Altadena Academy of Music, and teaches at Polytechnic School.

She lives in Pasadena with her husband, composer and orchestrator Jordan M. Cox, and enjoys yoga, hiking and playing bluegrass music.