Biography:

Eric Nestler has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music since 1992. He is currently a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music.

Dr. Nestler presented his New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May 2003. Internationally, Nestler has performed solo recitals in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, South Africa and has traveled to Europe where he performed several solo recitals including performances at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, the Prague Conservatory, the Janacek Academy in Brno, the Czech Republic, and Castlefranco, Veneto, Italy. He has also performed extensively in Asia including Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tianjin, China. In November 2004, Nestler was a featured artist at the Asian Saxophone Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. He is the author of several articles published in the Saxophone Symposium.

In 2009, Nestler was diagnosed with embouchure dystonia and was unable to perform for many years. After receiving rehabilitation at the UNT Health Science Center, Nestler relearned to play the saxophone.

Dr. Nestler earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, Summa Cum Laude, from Susquehanna University where he was a student of Donald Beckie. Dr. Nestler has since received both the Master of Music degree in Woodwind Instruments, with High Distinction, and the Doctor of Music Literature and Performance degree in Saxophone, Clarinet, and Bassoon, with High Distinction, from the Indiana University School of Music (Bloomington, IN). He studied with Eugene Rousseau (saxophone), James Campbell (clarinet) and Sidney Rosenberg (bassoon).

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