Louis Coste is a violinist and composer/arranger from Arizona. As an educator, Louis believes that every child has the potential to learn and enjoy playing an instrument. His focus for violin and viola instruction includes: a healthy posture, a healthy practice mindset, relaxed technique, a sharp ear, and necessary theoretical knowledge. Louis believes that learning a string instrument imparts life skills such as time management, goal setting, teamwork, and a personal connection to the arts. He seeks to develop twenty-first century musicians and help students achieve their goals.

Louis acquired his passion for music education in college and graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2021 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Violin Performance and Instrumental Music Education, with an undergraduate certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy where he had the pleasure of studying under Shelley Rich and Dr.Louise Scott. He received a Masters degree with Distinction in Violin Performance at Arizona State University in 2023. At ASU, Louis studied with Dr. Katherine McLin and received supplemental instruction from Professor Danwen Jiang, Dr. Jonathan Swartz and Professor Nancy Buck. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree at ASU.

Louis has performed with the Flagstaff Symphony, the ASU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the NAU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Cúthalion Quartet, the Edelweiss Quartet, and in several festival orchestras and small ensembles. Louis has served as principal second violin for the ASU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, concertmaster for the NAU Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and Assistant Concertmaster of the Fellowship Orchestra at the Marrowstone Music Festival. Louis has also been invited to the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany as a guest artist. He has been a featured soloist with the NAU chamber orchestra and was a finalist in the NAU Concerto Competition. His most recent recitals have featured performances of Ysaÿe’s fourth Violin Sonata, Korngold’s Violin Concerto, and Bach’s second Violin Sonata in A minor.

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